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New Research Article on the Anterolateral Complex of the Knee

Dr. Burnham co-authored a research study with Dr. Freddie Fu, Dr. Volker Musahl, Dr. Elmart Herbst, and Dr. Marcio Albers on a hot topic in sports medicine. The research article describes the complex anatomy and function of the anterolateral knee, including the anterolateral ligament (ALL) and the anterolateral complex, which have received much focus in recent media stories. These anatomical structures play an important role in knee stability, especially in the setting of ACL injury and ACL reconstruction in athletes.

The research study was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Sports Medicine.

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Anterolateral Ligament (ALL) and Anterolateral Complex

Overview of the Anterolateral Complex and the Anterolateral Ligament

In 2013, the New York Times and several other media outlets touted the discovery of a “new” knee ligament, the anterolateral ligament (ALL). In reality, the discovery was not new, but more of a “rediscovery” of a ligament that had been described in 1879 by a French Surgeon, Paul Segond. It has since been described in one form or another by numerous authors, notably Hughston, Terry, and others. The reason for its resurgence in popularity is for good cause – knee surgeons are continually working to improve the results of ACL surgery. It is generally agreed upon that the ligamentous structures (anterolateral complex) on that side of the knee may play a role in the rotational stability of the knee. It is important to recognize injuries to the anterolateral complex or ligament and know how to treat them appropriately.

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