By: Austin Russell
After all of these years, with as much technical and medical advancement that our world has made, scientists have somehow missed a ligament in the human body. Two physicians have discovered that after all this time of researching the human body, we have over-looked this ligament know as the anterolateral ligament or the ALL.
This ligament is found in your knee. This finding in the knee may be a revolutionary way of how to treat tearing your ACL, which is the ligament in your knee.
The discovery was found by two Belgian physicians from the University Hospitals Leuven by the names of Dr. Johan Bellemans. These physicians spent the last four years trying to solve the medical mystery: “In certain cases, patients who have had their ACL repaired still experience “pivot shifts” in their knee, where the joint “gives way” during physical activity.”
In finding their answer, the physicians thought it would be a better idea to look to the past to see if anything was theorized about it. To their discovery, a French scientist theorized in his article that an extra ligament could possibly be in the human knee.
With the research they had gathered, they cut open the knees through macroscopic dissection techniques of 41 cadavers. According to the research, 40 of the 41(97%) cadavers had the ALL ligament in addition to the ACL.
Scientists and physicians are working at their full potential to find out how to cure a pulled ACL and/or ALL. Science Daily says that at best this finding will take a couple years.