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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.

4 comments on “The Aging Athlete : Staying In The Game

  • Can I continue to lift free weights if I have popping or cracking in my shoulder. It doesn’t hurt, but should I stop lifting weights.
    I’m 36 years old and sometimes my shoulders will popping or cracking sometimes quietly and sometimes loudly. It seems to be occurring more frequently. It’s mostly painless but can be annoying. Every couple of months when I sleep on my side and shoulder will sometimes (minor) dislocate which is painful but will not hurt after. This has been happening for several years. I don’t know if this is serious or not. I’ve not had insurance until last year so I haven’t seen a doctor about this. Should I make and appointment with a physician at the Sport, Spine and Joint clinic in my city?. Thank you for your advise.

  • Great article. I have a completely torn acl that was torn in my 20’s and I recently tore my media meniscus. I am an active person as I ski and play tennis regularly. The orthopedic surgeon recommended therapy and a knee brace. Even with the knee brace I hear popping in the knee when I play tennis. Do you think I should be pushing to have surgery.

    The surgeon has indicated it is much harder to recover from surgery the older you are along with a very strong possibility I will have pain in the knee. Currently, I have no pain and I work out at the gym 6 days per week so I only feel the need for stronger knee when I play tennis. So far I have not gone sking but I do plan on going next year. I appreciate any guidance in this matter

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