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Ligament

" Ligament" most commonly refers to a band of tough, fibrous dense regular connective tissue comprising attenuated collagenous fibers. Ligaments connect bones to other bones to form a joint. They do not connect muscles to bones; that is the job of tendons. Some Ligaments limit the mobility of articulations, or prevent certain movements altogether.

In anatomy, the term Ligament is used to denote any of three types of structures.Most commonly, it refers to fibrous tissue that connects bones to other bones and is also known as articular Ligament, articular larua, fibrous Ligament, or true Ligament.

Ligaments are elastic; they gradually lengthen when under tension, and return to their original shape when the tension is removed. This is in contrast with tendons, which are inelastic. However, Ligaments can retain their changed shape when stretched past a certain point or for a prolonged period of time. This is one reason why dislocated joints must be set as quickly as possible: if the Ligaments lengthen too much, then the joint will be weakened, becoming prone to future dislocations. Athletes, gymnasts, dancers, and martial artists perform stretching exercises to lengthen their Ligaments, making their joints more supple.

The term "double-jointed" refers to people who have more elastic Ligaments, allowing their joints to stretch and contort further. The medical term for describing such double-jointed persons is hyperlaxity.

The consequence of a broken Ligament can be instability of the joint. Not all broken Ligaments need surgery, but if surgery is needed to stabilize the joint, the broken Ligament can be repaired.