Ligaments and tendons, the flexible structures that bind together the musculoskeletal system, are extraordinarily strong in resisting tensile loads. For example, the digital flexor tendon from the foreleg of a horse is strong enough to support the weight of two large automobiles. The Anglo-Saxon word for tendon is “sinew,” which also means “strong” or “tough.” As Aristotle realized, without ligaments and tendons to stabilize and animate our skeletons, they would be mechanically useless. We now turn our attention to these important tissues.
KeywordsAnterior Cruciate Ligament Rotator Cuff Medial Collateral Ligament Hydrostatic Stress Flexor Tendon
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