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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.

8 comments on “Serious Shoulder Injuries. When Should I See A Doctor?

  • Hello, I have a type 3 shoulder separation. I have gotten xrays done already, however, my appointment with an orthopedist is not until after 3 weeks of the injury. Will my shoulder not heal correctly if this is a serious injury requiring surgery? (So far, I just have my arm in a sling). Any info helps thanks!

    • Your surgeon will not be able to reduce your AC separation. The bump will stay there.So the 3 week wait shouldn’t affect you. We typically do not operate on many Type III AC separations anymore. Only those that remain ‘unstable’.

      Good luck !

      • Hi doc, I am sure I have a type IV type 4 ac separation with very high displacement. I am quite sure a complete tear now. If I have no surgery, will The pain ever stop, it’s been three months of pain, thanks for your info,

  • I have shoulder pain and when I move my arm away from my body laterally horizontally I hear a pop along with pain . Then on top of the shoulder posterior right on the joint if you press on it there is pain kinda on the ligament ? It’s been like this for months and I’m wondering if I should see someone for this problem ? What do you think the problem is, I know it’s hard to diagnose this problem via email however just take a guess.

    Thank you
    Sheila Pruitt

    • Most common cause of pain at our age is rotator cuff tendinosis We can also have small degenerative tears and bursitis too.

      Other causes include arthritis and calcific tendonitis… less common cause of pain though.

  • I got a blow to my right shoulder in football, cannot lift my arm with shoulder what so ever, a lot of pain is in deltoid tissue when I try to lift it, also when I try to lift it nothing happens

    • Hi Jack …
      In young athletes the pain might be due to a spontaneously reduced shoulder dislocation- that’s where the shoulder came out of place and then went back in on its own. It is painful and will limit your ability to move it. Fractures of the end of the clavicle can also happen. You should strongly consider seeing a doctor and at least have an X-ray to make sure that the shoulder is in its normal position. Your doctor can determine if more tests are needed.
      Good luck.

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