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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.

5 comments on “Should I Stop Running? Most Injuries don’t require it

  • I lament!! Why aren’t there more doctors like you? Should I travel hundreds of miles to get a doctor who understands me, as a 50-something athlete? I want a doctor who gets this aspect of the mind-body relationship and how it relates to identity, whole person well-being, and treatment plan. I have not been able to find that where I live.

    When does it make sense to travel for medical treatment to get whole person needs met? (rhetorical question, but maybe someone does have an answer…)

  • I know this is an old article, but poignant for me. I’m a 40 yr old woman who was a novice runner for many years. I stopped for awhile and got fat. So I’m back on the treadmill and on a particular day, I experienced a sharp pain in the top of my left tibia. It swelled immediately and I could not walk for 3 days.

    It has since dulled, but slightly swells every time I run. The pain is deep and sharp for a day or two after, then it subsides only to return when i get back to the gym,

    My PCP refused to send me to a specialist because he said it was due to my weight. (Im about 20lbs over what I should be).

    I’m planning on changing my PCP because I think he just doesn’t know any better. My gut tells me it was a real injury that will probably turn into arthritis.

    I love running. It is the only exercise tgat slims my legs and gives me a natural high. I dont want to stop. Help!!!!

    • With immediate pain as well as swelling it is likely an injury that should be evaluated by an Orthopedic Surgeon.

  • Many thanks Dr Luks. I have a bucket-hole tear which I’ve have been jogging with for at least 7-years (without problems) but it flips / folds from time to time. Never when I’m jogging but rather when I bend my knees to drop down onto the edge of the swimming pool or put my fins on. It is a size-10 pain when I attempt to put weight on it even in the pool. To date, it has eventually resolved itself by simulating the use of my leg as I would to change the clutch in my car. As I’m in Australian I’m unable to visit you surgery so thank you very much for your excellent information. Kind regards

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