Definition - What does ligament mean?
A ligament is connective tissue of the musculoskeletal system. These fibrous tissues connect bones or cartilage and help maintain the structure of the skeleton. Ligaments many also form a supportive barrier around organs.
SureHire explains ligament
A ligament works to support the body. The fibrous bands of ligaments support joints and hold organs in place. Ligaments are made of flexible collagen fibers that allow slight stretc. Unlike tendons which attach bones to muscle, ligaments form the connection between bones. Ligaments help maintain the body's structural integrity during movement. Ligaments may also connect organs or other tissue to a bone.
Repetitive motion, particularly twisting motions, or a traumatic injury can case damage to a ligament. Torn ligament injuries most often occur in the knee or ankle. Ligaments can also stiffen with lack of use after an injury. A ligament injury can cause pain and swelling, joint instability, and limit the sufferer's range of motion.