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What's A Ligament?

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 220

You are familiar with bones and cartilages, right? You also know that your bones make up the entire structure of your body so that you can sit, stand, walk and move around. But do you know how these bones are connected to each other? This is one of the many wonders of your body. You might not be aware that the bones in your upper arm are different from those that are in your lower arms. But in the outside, they look just like one good set of flexible bones.

Your body has tough bands of fibrous tissues that connect one bone to another or a bone to a cartilage. They also strengthen your joints, or the points where your bones meet. These bands are called ligaments.

There are three types of ligaments within your body. One of them is called a cruciate ligament. These are pairs of ligaments that occur most popularly in the knee joints, the neck, the fingers, and the feet. Under close review, you would see them arranged in X's. They create a sort of equilibrium that allows your joints to move freely and therefore create more space for motion.

You also have what is referred to as peritoneal ligaments. They are ligaments that are present in your general abdominal cavity. Under this category, you have the hepatoduodenal ligaments that are located all over the connecting vessels between your liver and duodenum. If you are a woman, you also have the broad ligament of the uterus that connects the organ's walls to the pelvis.

Lastly, you have the fetal remnants ligaments. This group consists of your: arterial ligament, located in your aortic arch; round ligament of the river; the connecting ligamentum venosum; and your cord of umbilical artery in your abdominal wall.

You would be hard put to name all of the ligaments in your body-more because of the fact that they exist in every nook and cranny of your bones. Just like any part of your body, your ligaments contribute largely to the harmony of your bodily systems. In fact, they are very important because they connect several parts of the skeletal system together. Without them, or even when they are injured, the bones would be affected as well other systems of your body. This would lead to illnesses that you of course would not appreciate having as they would impair your daily activities altogether.

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