Your Joints

By definition, joints are areas in the body where two or more bones meet. Joints can be subdivided as follows:

  • Fixed
  • Slightly moveable
  • Moveable synovial joint

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What is a fixed joint? It seems to be an oxymoron, but theres a simple explanation

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Ligaments & tendons

We find ligaments and tendons throughout the body, both assisting in and limiting movement.

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Moveable synovial joints

The category of moveable synovial joint accounts for most of those in the human body.

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Slightly moveable

The category of slightly moveable joints describes those in which ligaments prevent much movement.

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Our bodies have evolved a number of features to help our joints work better. These include :

  • Cartilage : A wear resistantconnective tissue, cartilage helps reduce the friction of movement
  • Synovial membrane : Forming protective capsules, synovial membranes secrete synovial fluid, a clear, sticky fluid that lubricates joints
  • Ligaments : ligaments are bands of connective tissue that connect bone to bone.
  • Tendons : Another type of connective tissue, these connect bones to muscles, and thus enable us to move.


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