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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

3 comments on “Diagnosing illness through social media

  • Ben,I do agree that patients becoming more educated about their health and having symptoms diagnosed more quickly for the sake of getting the right treatment at the right time is very important.However, I have often heard clinicians talk about the nightmare that services like WebMD can pose as patients quickly over-diagnose a problem that they have sending them into a panic or wanting to over-treat conditions.I know in one or two instances I have logged onto the site and based on my symptoms saw you may have: i.e. influenza, allergies, or spinal meningitis. While I would never want to be under-diagnosed and put myself in a dangerous spot, I have to admit being quite freaked out over something very minor at times.What is your thought on people being diagnosed via non-clinicians over social media and in turn being put into a panic or seeking the wrong treatment?Chris LeBeauhttp://www.chrislebea.com/blog

  • Hi Chris,I agree with you that patients have a lot of information to access, and can easily misdiagnose themselves. That’s why it’s still very important to see a doctor, because I for one, don’t 100% trust my own medical opinion, no matter what I’ve read online!Ben

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