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The Body > The Musculoskeletal System > The Ligaments

The Ligaments

Image of the ligaments of the shoulder A ligament is a tough band of white, fibrous, slightly elastic tissue.This is an essential part of the skeletal joints; binding the bone ends together to prevent dislocation and excessive movement that might cause breakage. Ligaments also support many internal organs; including the uterus, the bladder, the liver, and the diaphragm and helps in shaping and supporting the breasts. Ligaments, especially those in the ankle joint and knee, are sometimes damaged by injury. The word "ligament" comes from the Latin word, "ligamentum," meaning a band or tie.



Articles:

All Joints and Ligaments - Organized by Region

submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 12/31/2007
All of the joints and ligaments of the human body are listed by region in detail.

Joints and Ligaments of the Abdomen

submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 12/31/2007
The joints and ligaments of the abdomen are listed in detail.

Joints and Ligaments of the Head and Neck

submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 12/31/2007
The joints and ligaments of the head and neck are listed in detail.

Joints and Ligaments of the Lower Limb

submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 12/31/2007
The joints and ligaments of the lower limb are listed in detail.

Joints and Ligaments of the Pelvis & Perineum

submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 12/31/2007
The joints and ligaments of the pelvis and perineum are listed in detail.

Joints and Ligaments of the Thorax

submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 12/31/2007
The joints and ligaments of the thorax are listed in detail.

Joints and Ligaments of the Upper Limb

submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 12/31/2007
Details of all the joints and the upper limbs are listed in detail.

What are Ligaments?

submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 9/26/2011
A ligament refers to a band of tough, fibrous dense regular connective tissue comprising 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.

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