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.
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!
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.