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Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr 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. Please read our Disclaimer

4 comments on “Returning to work after rotator cuff surgery

  1. Dr Luks…. Please help !!!!
    About 10 weeks ago I took a fall at work, landing on my elbow and in turn damaging my shoulder. I think it’s a rotator cuff injury. Day to day light duties can be fine but I work in the construction industry. Sleeping at night can be very uncomfortable too. I’m self employed so a lengthy work absence is not an option. Do you have any advice how I can continue at work and possibly rehabilitate the injury at the same time ?
    Thank you,
    Steve(York,England)

    1. Hi Steve… In order to answer that question, one needs to know the diagnosis. You should consider a good exam by a shoulder specialist to see what is going on and thus the best way to rehabilitate your shoulder.

  2. Hello Dr Luks, I injured my shoulder at work. I had a complete tear of my rotator cuff and a bicep tear. I had both surgically repaired exactly 6 weeks ago. I am in physical therapy two times per week. I am still experiencing some pain and significant stiffness in my surgically repaired shoulder. My current range of motion is at about 85%. I work in a automotive assembly factory, my surgeon is sending me back to work, with restrictions of course. I am just concerned that this may be to soon to return to a 10 hour shift even with restrictions. Dr. Luks, what is your opinion?

    1. Hi Steve… Sorry, but I can not provide treatment advice in this format. 6 weeks does seem a bit early. Have you spoken with your own doc about this?

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