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Did We Really Discover a New Ligament in the Knee?

Posted Dec 12 2013 6:00am

This week’s Stuff You Should Read is about the “new” discovery of the anterolateral ligament of the knee.

 

Inner Circle and RehabWebinars.com Updates

My next live Inner Circle will be an evening live Q&A which is always fun, ask me anything!  This was a big hit last year so I expect it to be even better this year.  It will be Monday December 16th at 8:30 PM EST.  Looking forward to this one.

RehabWebinars.com has a bunch of awesome new webinars coming up over the next few months.  Michael Mullin had part 1 of a webinar on Integrating Postural Restoration Institute Concepts into Training, part is coming in January.  This was a great webinar and a great intro into the PRI concepts!  This month, David Weinstock, the developer of Neurokinetic Therapy, discusses some of the principles of NKT.

 

The Discovery of the “New” Knee Ligament – The Anterolateral Knee Ligament

anterolateral knee ligamentFor this week’s stuff you should read, I thought I would piece together a few articles that go over the press received over the “discovery” of the “new” anterolateral ligament of the knee.  Notice all my “quotes!”  Here is a link to one of the many sensationalized articles from the media on this new ligament:

Pretty exciting title, right?!  The media cracks me up.  Sensationalizing everything.  The news report is in reference to a paper published in the Journal of Anatomy regarding the anterolateral ligament.  Here is the abstract of the paper, which ironically, starts with the phrase “In 1879, the French surgeon Segond described the existence of a ‘pearly, resistant, fibrous band’ at the anterolateral aspect of the human knee.”

The website io9 did a good job highlighting these facts in their article:

But Dr. LaPrade from the Steadman Clinic did an even better job talking about everything you want to know about this “new” ligament!

Here is a video of the ligament:

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So, nice articles and video, but no, not a new ligament.

 

 

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