26th November 2019


What are the different types of joints?

4 types of movable joints
  • Hinge, e.g. interphalangeal joints - fingers and toes.
  • Ball and socket, e.g. hip and shoulder joints.
  • Pivot, e.g. atlantoaxial joint between the atlas and axis - neck.
  • Gliding (= "Condyloid" joint), e.g. between radius, scaphoid and lunate bones - wrist.

What are the joints in your body?

The most common synovial joints are listed below:
  • Ball and socket joints, like your hip and shoulder joints, are the most mobile type of joint in the human body.
  • Ellipsoidal joints, such as the joint at the base of your index finger, allow bending and extending, rocking from side to side, but rotation is limited.
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