It has been recommended that I pursue a balance exercise/improvement routine to help with an old (30 years) LCL level one ( torn ligament) issue that nows gives me trouble while hiking. Now the other ( and never endured) knee is showing signs of LCL pain. What would you suggest for a home remedy program. O yeah and I am 66 years old. In good shape otherwise.
making recommendations site unseen are always problematic, in large part because there is not one ‘correct solution’. The reason is that there is a body attached to that LCL which – at 66 years of age – probably developed a lot of compensation.
Having said all that, I usually look at the hip when somebody has knee pain, and I find often that the lateral hip stabilizers (gluteus medius) need work. This often seems to go hand in hand with tightness of the inner thigh muscles. There are a lot of exercises on the internet for ‘gluteus medius’ and ‘myofascial release inner thigh’. Those exercises are usually beneficial even if they are not addressing your specific problem.
I would not dawdle too long before going to see a doctor or physical therapist, though. I assume you enjoy staying active, and you need to rule out other problems with the knees.
I agree with Karin’s answer. There are certainly a number of sites on the net where you can get suggestions. My strongest suggestion is that you don’t wait to see an orthopedist for a specific diagnosis of the factor(s) causing your symptoms. Being a “senior” myself, I suspect that it would take longer to recover from surgery today than it did 30 years ago!