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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.

2 comments on “Hip Flexor Injuries and Prevention Strategies

  • Dr. Luks,
    I’m a 31 yr old female. A week ago I fell and had a full-tickness tear (5.1cm) of the rectus femoris from the hip. I do some sports occasionally(3 times a week). I’ve received mixed feelings about getting surgery. Due to the pain i’ve been in crutches and now the muscle feels very uncomfortable. Do you have any opinion about the surgery? All i keep thinking is that I will have kids in the near future and want to be fully active. Also, I’ve lived through seeing my grandmothers fall and break bones (i don’t want this to be an issue in the future because the muscle is weak ). Please let me know what you think since the doctor that has been highly recommended by everyone suggested I do surgery no later than next week. Thank you.

    • Complete Rectus tears are relatively rare injuries so there is no evidence based answer. Most of these rectus tears are treated without surgery. Most all patients do very well with non-surgical management. Some surgeons might consider a repair in an elite or professional athlete. It is a tough choice, because there is no science to guide us.
      Good luck

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