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Dr. Estrada Bernard
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Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


Dr. Aileen Shieu
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Can you tell me the difference between a damaged tendon and a damaged ligament?

Can you tell me the difference between a damaged tendon and a damaged ligament?

Yes: The tendons move your fingers and wrists. If it is damaged, you may lose the ability to bend or straighten the affected part. Ligaments support your joints, holding bones together. If that is damaged, you may have swelling to the region and instability to the joint. This means that it may hurt when you move the joint, or that it will move improperly. ...Read more

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How can ligaments or tendons be teared?

How can ligaments or tendons be teared?

Tendon/ligament tear: Ligaments stabilize and typically run along the sides if joints. Tendons attach muscle to bone. Ligaments are torn when a joint is dislocated or strained. Tendons are torn when the muscle pulling on the bone pulls with more force than the tensile strength of the tendon will allow. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Visotsky
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Why we use tendon to replace torn ligament? If tendon is torn, can we use ligament to replace it?

Why we use tendon to replace torn ligament? If tendon is torn, can we use ligament to replace it?

Ligaments: Ligaments go from bone to bone - usually short distance. Ligaments are usually not expendable. Tendons can be split , transferred and moved to substitute for damaged ligaments. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel McGee
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Ligaments, tendons, and fasciae are all kinds of connective tissue, right?

Yes: Ligaments connect bones to other bones. Tendons connect muscles to bones. And fascia surrounds muscle groups. ...Read more

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How to know if you have broken tendon or ligament?

How to know if you have broken tendon or ligament?

Function loss, defor: Most tendons perform a specified function. Loss of that function or deformity of the associated joint is likely the first indication of tendon or ligament injury. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
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Do ligaments and tendons require blood supply?

Yes: In order to survive they blood vessels that carry the blood for them. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Are ligaments, tendons, and fasciae all kinds of connective tissue?

Are ligaments, tendons, and fasciae all kinds of connective tissue?

Yes!: They are tissues that in children and adults are composed of collagen and some elastin. Children have more type 3 collagen, and in adults it is more type 1. As collagen ages, more cross-links form, limiting flexibility and stretch as we age. The three connective tissues you identify, have different collagen and elastin arrays, and are very avascular, compared to muscle, slowing healing time. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Is a pulled ligament and a torn tendon the same?

No : They are different anatomical structures. Tendons are the part of the muscle that attach to the bones, the muscle portion is their "belly". Ligaments are soft tissue structures that can prevent tendons from bowstringing or help stabilize certain bones. ...Read more

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Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more


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