Howard J. Luks, MD

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  • America’s Healthcare CrisisAmerica’s Healthcare Crisis
    In the land of the free and the home of the brave, a troubling reality looms large over the American dream: our healthcare system is broken. Despite being the world’s wealthiest nation, the United States consistently ranks VERY poorly among industrialized nations regarding healthcare outcomes and costs. Let’s touch on… Read more »
  • Combating Age-Related Muscle Loss: The Power of Resistance TrainingCombating Age-Related Muscle Loss: The Power of Resistance Training
    Our bodies undergo various changes as we age, impacting our physical strength and overall health. The loss of muscle and the loss of strength are two important changes that we need to counteract. While these changes might seem inevitable, a powerful tool at our disposal can significantly mitigate their effects:… Read more »
  • Molecular Approaches to Osteoarthritis: The Role of Inflammation and GeneticsMolecular Approaches to Osteoarthritis: The Role of Inflammation and Genetics
    Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions worldwide. Traditionally viewed as a wear-and-tear disease, recent advances in molecular biology have reshaped our understanding of OA. OA is a multifaceted disease involving intricate molecular pathways. This article delves into the molecular aspects of OA, focusing on the… Read more »
  • How to Maintain A Healthy Rotator Cuff and A Happy ShoulderHow to Maintain A Healthy Rotator Cuff and A Happy Shoulder
    Shoulder pain is a very common issue. Most folks with shoulder pain do not recall any injury. They are also surprised because “they didn’t do anything” to injure it. Well… they also didn’t do anything to prevent these common issues from arising either :-). A pain-free shoulder requires a strong… Read more »
  • Zone 2 Training… why so many people get it wrongZone 2 Training… why so many people get it wrong
    In endurance training and longevity circles, ‘Zone 2’ has become a buzzword, often tossed around… but not fully understood. While many associate ‘Zone 2’ with specific heart rate or power output targets, its true importance lies in the physiological response it evokes, the underlying fuel partitioning, and the adaptations we… Read more »
  • The Causes of Osteoarthritis: Debunking the “Wear and Tear” MythThe Causes of Osteoarthritis: Debunking the “Wear and Tear” Myth
    Osteoarthritis, a condition commonly associated with aging, has long been attributed to joint “wear and tear,” often blamed on activities like running. It turns out this isn’t always true. Research has shed light on the complex biological factors that contribute to the development of osteoarthritis. By exploring these underlying mechanisms… Read more »
  • The Silent Culprits: How Sedentary Lifestyles and Poor Metabolic Health Exacerbate Joint IssuesThe Silent Culprits: How Sedentary Lifestyles and Poor Metabolic Health Exacerbate Joint Issues
    In the realm of orthopedic health, joint issues stand out as common afflictions troubling a significant portion of the population. While traumatic injuries and genetic predispositions are well-recognized contributors, there’s an increasing awareness of the role played by lifestyle factors, particularly sedentary behavior and poor metabolic health. This article delves… Read more »
  • The Interplay of Metabolic Health and Musculoskeletal WellnessThe Interplay of Metabolic Health and Musculoskeletal Wellness
    When we think about musculoskeletal disorders – be it joint pain, muscle stiffness, or tendon issues – the immediate assumption often leans towards mechanical wear and tear. It’s easy to attribute aching knees or a stiff shoulder to the physical demands placed upon our bodies over the years. However, this… Read more »
  • Bone-on-bone.. Why messaging should be informative and not harmfulBone-on-bone.. Why messaging should be informative and not harmful
    This is a guest post that I was asked to write for Sensible Medicine. You can view my original post here. After we look at your X-rays in the office, the following few words out of our mouths could have long-lasting negative implications… after all, words can harm.   “You have… Read more »
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Unraveling the Impact of Metabolic Health and LifestyleOsteoarthritis of the Knee: Unraveling the Impact of Metabolic Health and Lifestyle
    Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, a condition marked by the gradual loss of joint cartilage, is increasingly prevalent in the modern world. This article delves into the complex interplay between metabolic health, lifestyle choices, inactivity, sarcopenia, and weakness contributing to this rise. Additionally, it explores the potential role of GLP1… Read more »
  • Rotator Cuff Pain in Adults: Understanding Causes, Evaluation and Treatments.Rotator Cuff Pain in Adults: Understanding Causes, Evaluation and Treatments.
    Shoulder pain is a common complaint among adults, potentially with a significant impact on daily activities and quality of life. While various factors contribute to shoulder pain, one of the most notable causes is issues related to the rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons stabilizing the shoulder. However,… Read more »
  • High-Tech and Low-Touch Medicine: Navigating the Future of Human-Centered HealthcareHigh-Tech and Low-Touch Medicine: Navigating the Future of Human-Centered Healthcare
    A paradox emerges in the evolving landscape of modern healthcare: as technology advances, the traditional human-centered aspects of medicine, such as the art of physical examination, are diminishing. This shift towards a high-tech, low-touch approach raises profound questions about the future of healthcare and the role of physicians. Simultaneously, doctors… Read more »

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