I've already written 50+ posts and recently got the question: You often talk about muscles, joints, bones, ligaments and nerves, but what are these actually? I will briefly explain what ligaments are.
What is a Ligament?
A ligament is a ligament made of connective tissue. A ligament is connected between the two pieces of bone between a joint. You can compare a ligament with a rubber band. It stretches a bit, but also returns. Ligaments are located around almost all areas of our body.
What is the function of a ligament?
The function of a ligament is protection. Each joint must have a certain degree of movement. joints also have a maximum of movement. Ligaments prevent this from being crossed So that the movement does not continue. When a movement goes further than it should be, a ligament will tear or a luxation will occur in the joint.
Tearing of a ligament often happens in the ankle joint, for example, when the foot sinks in too much.
A luxation of a joint often happens at the shoulder joint, for example.
Ligaments are also involved in your posture. When you are in an inactive position, ligaments in the front "chest / ribs" will shorten and ligaments in the back "vertebrae / ribs / shoulder blade" will be at length. Ligaments can shorten to a fixed position within 30 seconds and also regain length.
Symptoms of ligament problems
- Morning stiffness
- Starting pain
- Worsening in certain postures
- Nagging pain
- Better with no-load movements
- Better with loaded movements
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Sascha Bargi BSc. Pt. & MSc. Ost. in training