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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 “Recovering From An Injury … It’s More Complicated Than You Think

  • Good morning Dr Luks,

    I just wanted to thank you for your article. I had my AC Joint operation 2weeks ago. I am due to see the physio today and am very nervous about moving my shoulder too much too soon or equally not soon enough. Your article really spoke to me about how surgery can make you feel mentally as well as physically. I own my own business as a website designer, we have 2 young boys aged 6 & 7, prior to the accident I was very active, cycling, running, paddle boarding. It’s a shock to loose the ability to be active and be “YOU” My accident was a year ago and I’ve just had my operation. I now feel a pressure to be fit and well within 6 weeks and “back to normal” but your article has helped me to be more realistic, and help me to understand that I can’t put myself or my body under that pressure.

    I will go into my physio appt with a new propective today and be kinder and more patient to myself physically and mentally regarding my recovery.

    Thank you


    • I’m really glad that it helped out Mel…. The recovery following an AC joint reconstruction will take many months. Just give it the time it needs, trust the process and this will be behind you in no time.

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