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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.

14 comments on “Osteoarthritis and Running …Can They Co-Exist?

  • I have lifed with RA for the last 12 yrs and managed it quite good if must say so myself .. started running 5 yrs ago. Did my 1st half marathon 3 months ago. Was brilliant. Just found out that I have osteoporosis in my right knee. Due to injury that happens 11 yrs back while very over weight. (A tear in my miniscus). I don’t want to stop running. This article has given me hope that I can keep going.Thank you.

  • I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis, and I am overweight but only by 50 lbs. I have NO core muscles, due to a torn hamstring as well but on opp. leg. So i am compensating on my left leg to take pressure off my right knee. I have tried EVERYTHING, PT. rest, home exercises etc.. I can’t exercise because my PT told me my kneecap will most likely dislocate – and P.T. is not helping me because i cant do the exercises they ask of me even though ive tried. Any suggestions, OTC supplements that WORK? I’ve tried a lot of things. Any shoes you can suggest? I am losing my balance and feel like i am going to stumble at times and i was suggested try a cane for balance. im 40 years old :( Thanks for your help.

  • I have Osteoarthritis in my big toe (metatarsophalangeal) which has resulted in a Bone Spur and approximately 50% less flexion than my “healthy” toe. At 41yo I am considering a Cheilectomy. Will I be able to run again if I do this?

    • Hi Joe …
      I’m not sure… I’m not a foot and ankle specialist. I hope you review that with your surgeon to be sure they know your goals.

  • This article resonates deeply with me. Your attitude that a doctor should treat a patient rather than the X-ray makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, my doctor doesn’t seem to have your outlook. He looked at my MRI, told me I had some arthritis, and sent me on my way with no help for pain. I happen to have a lot of pain and inflammation, but I believe it’s treatable. But who do I see for help? My previous Doctor did nothing. How do I find a doctor who shares your philosophy? I would come to you, but I live in Illinois.

  • I have just been diagnosed with osteroarthritus in my right shoulder. I have probably had it fo some time but it was mistaken for strains etc… I am 47…. Am I able to run and bike ride still?

  • Im from Africa, I have a pcl grade 3 injury, no surgery done and i have pain on the medial aspect of my patella right limb.
    What would you advise running?

    How many years would you give me if i ran 5 km a day before athritis sets in?

    Any special or important advise?

    • It’s hard to say… many PCL ruptures lead to arthritis in the front and inner side of the knee. No known method to prevent this from happening. Sorry. No data or proof that bracing minimizes risk of OA.

  • I would like to run a marathon. I have been diagnosed with OA in my knees. Is it possible to do this or not? I have run a few halfs and my knees have coped. Training is intense for a marathon and I worry I could do more harm than good. It has always been my dream to run one.

    • HI Samantha… As a fellow runner, I get it… The answer to that isn’t straight forward. There is no solid evidence that arthritis will worsen due to running. However, that takes into account that you have no history of traumatic injury, meniscus tear, etc. It also depends on the severity of the arthritis that is present. I have plenty of patients who are distance runners with mild osteoarthritis and they are able to run as long as the pain is mild. You should have a long chat with your Ortho doc and perhaps a second doc if you need another opinion.

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