Dr Oz: Knee Anterolateral Ligament (ALL) & Physical Therapy Exercises

Dr Oz: Chronic Knee Pain

About 1/3 of people have chronic knee pain. Thanks to Dr Oz and his Assistant of the Day, you might have some new solutions for this bothersome complaint. Try theraband exercises and discover the newly found Anterolateral Ligament.

Dr Oz: What is the ALL?

Chauncey was the lucky audience member who joined Dr Oz onstage. She gets knee pain related to the weather, or from sitting for a long time before trying to get up.

Dr Oz: Knee Anterolateral Ligament (ALL) & Physical Therapy Exercises

Get to know the Anterolateral Ligament (ALL), a newly discovered part of the knee’s anatomy that helps us understand chronic pain.

A Torn ACL is one of the most common body injuries. Now, science has learned about a new leg pain that can be the reason some people have knee pain.

Dr Oz: Anterolateral Ligament Injury

This is the ALL, the Anterolateral Ligament. Inside the knee, the ACL runs perpendicular to your leg. However, the ALL , which runs parallel, was often ignored by medical professionals. Quick moves or sharp turns could tear both these ligaments, causing serious injuries.

Dr Oz and Chauncey examined a real human knee and the ligament inside. It’s amazing that we are still learning so much about the body after so many centuries of discoveries.

Dr Oz: Best Fixes for Knee Pain

Orthopedic physical therapist Peggy Brill came into the conversation to tell you what you might be able to do, whatever the cause of your knee pain. She said she would look at stretches and strength training through exercise.

Ice or cold compresses are anti-inflammatory; use a bag of frozen veggies if you don’t have an ice pack handy. Brill also recommended short-term use of NSAIDs for pain relief.

Dr Oz: Physical Therapy Theraband Knee Pain Exercises

Peggy Brill taught two knee exercises. Get on your back and tie an exercise band around your thighs. Lie back and lift up the buttocks, pushing your knees out against the theraband. You should be able to feel this working in the glutes, helping to stabilize your legs.

For limping, put the theraband around the bottom of the foot. Cross your leg and point it down and in, pressing against the band. This will help to strengthen the muscle you use to push off when you are walking.

“They seem so simple, but these little ways of understanding how the knee works are hugely helpful in dealing with pain,” Dr Oz said.

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