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A 20-year-old male asked:

What is the difference in function/purpose between tendons and ligaments?

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Connections: Tendons connect muscle to bone. Ligaments connect bone to bone.
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Dr. David Duncan m.d.
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Simple definitions: A tendon attaches a muscle to a bone to move it. Ligaments attach various structures in the body to maintain its interety. They hold things together. They move because they are flexible. They most commonly are injured because they attach to things that are moved by muscles and try to hold them together. There are ligaments holding the knee together, torn or strained in knee injuries.
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