Knee ligament gets a closer look

Detailed study of a fibrous band of tissue along the front side of the joint offers hope for injury recovery

By Ashley Yeager, 13:49 PM November 5, 2013

Our knees have an often-overlooked ligament that could be essential to recovering from injury.

Called the ALL, or anterolateral ligament, the band of fibrous tissue has always existed in humans and surgeons have seen it before, but the ligament has not been studied in great detail until now. A team of doctors dissected the knees of 41 human cadavers and looked at the parts of the joint under a microscope. All but one of the cadaver knees had the ligament, which connects the femur and tibia leg...

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