Synovial Joints


When you have completed this section, you should be able to

  • describe the anatomy of a synovial joint and its associated structures;
  • describe the six types of synovial joints;
  • list and demonstrate the types of movements that occur at diarthroses;
  • discuss the factors that affect the range of motion of a joint;
  • give an anatomical example of a first-, second-, and third-class lever and explain why each is classified as it is; and
  • relate the concept of mechanical advantage to the power and speed of joint action.

The rest of this chapter is concerned with synovial joints. A synovial (sih-NO-vee-ul) joint is one in which two bones are separated by a space that contains a slippery lubricant called synovial fluid. Most synovial joints, including the jaw, elbow, hip, and knee joints, are freely movable. These are not only the most common and familiar joints in the body, but they are also the most structurally complex and the most likely to develop uncomfortable and crippling dysfunctions.

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