Ligaments are soft tissue that connects bones to bones in the joints, allowing for the required combination of stability and flexibility. While ligaments are designed to be very strong and withstand a high degree of wear and tear, they are still prone to injury if they undergo too much stress.
A ligament tear will occur if the joint is met with extreme force or pressure. These tears commonly affect the ankle, knee, wrist, thumb, neck, or back. A ligament tear can also form if a sprain is left untreated and does not receive timely care.