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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 “Tennis Elbow : Terminology Tuesday

  • You are very kind to answer comments. I am a surgeon myself and suffering from 6 months of tennis elbow. I have tried rest/ice/banding/ physio/ acupuncture/ graston technique/ flexbar and now shock therapy (x3) with minimal improvement. The next treatment planned is steroid injection and then PRP if unsuccessful. I am worried about the rare risks of steroid injection- tendon rupture and extensor weakness. Do you have any thoughts? I am very discouraged as I have seen so little improvement.

    • HI Elin ..
      Sometimes you need to get another pair of eyeballs on the situation to confirm that the diagnosis is accurate. That being said, once the diagnosis is confirmed ( a small amount of lidocaine will do that) then you can consider other treatments. I would forgo consideration of a steroid injection and instead consider PRP or Bone marrow injections. After that the Tenex procedure has been shown to be very effective in the right hands.

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