For other uses, see Joint (disambiguation).
They are constructed to allow for different degrees and types of movement.
Some joints, such as the knee, elbow, and shoulder, are self-lubricating, almost frictionless, and are able to withstand compression and maintain heavy loads while still executing smooth and precise movements.
Joints are classified both structurally and functionally.
Joints are mainly classified structurally and functionally.
Structural classification is determined by how the bones connect to each other, while functional classification is determined by the degree of movement between the articulating bones.
In practice, there is significant overlap between the two types of classifications.
Clinical, numerical classification
- monoarticular – concerning one joint
- oligoarticular or pauciarticular – concerning 2–4 joints
- polyarticular – concerning 5 or more joints
Structural classification (binding tissue)
Structural classification names and divides joints according to the type of binding tissue that connects the bones to each other.
There are four structural classifications of joints:
- fibrous joint – joined by dense regular connective tissue that is rich in collagen fibers
- cartilaginous joint – joined by cartilage. There are two types: primary cartilaginous joints composed of hyaline cartilage, and secondary cartilaginous joints composed of hyaline cartilage covering the articular surfaces of the involved bones with fibrocartilage connecting them.
- synovial joint – not directly joined – the bones have a synovial cavity and are united by the dense irregular connective tissue that forms the articular capsule that is normally associated with accessory ligaments.
- facet joint – joint between two articular processes between two vertebrae.
Functional classification (movement)
Joints can also be classified functionally according to the type and degree of movement they allow: Joint movements are described with reference to the basic anatomical planes.
- synarthrosis – permits little or no mobility. Most synarthrosis joints are fibrous joints (e.g., skull sutures).
- amphiarthrosis – permits slight mobility. Most amphiarthrosis joints are cartilaginous joints (e.g., intervertebral discs).
- synovial joint (also known as a diarthrosis) – freely movable. Synovial joints can in turn be classified into six groups according to the type of movement they allow: plane joint, ball and socket joint, hinge joint, pivot joint, condyloid joint and saddle joint.
Joints can also be classified, according to the number of axes of movement they allow, into nonaxial (gliding, as between the proximal ends of the ulna and radius), monoaxial (uniaxial), biaxial and multiaxial.
Another classification is according to the degrees of freedom allowed, and distinguished between joints with one, two or three degrees of freedom.
A further classification is according to the number and shapes of the articular surfaces: flat, concave and convex surfaces.
Types of articular surfaces include surfaces.
Joints can also be classified based on their anatomy or on their biomechanical properties.
According to the anatomic classification, joints are subdivided into simple and compound, depending on the number of bones involved, and into complex and combination joints:
- Simple joint: two articulation surfaces (e.g. shoulder joint, hip joint)
- Compound joint: three or more articulation surfaces (e.g. radiocarpal joint)
- Complex joint: two or more articulation surfaces and an articular disc or meniscus (e.g. knee joint)
The joints may be classified anatomically into the following groups:
- Joints of hand
- Elbow joints
- Wrist joints
- Axillary articulations
- Sternoclavicular joints
- Vertebral articulations
- Temporomandibular joints
- Sacroiliac joints
- Hip joints
- Knee joints
- Articulations of foot
Unmyelinated nerve fibers are abundant in joint capsules and ligaments as well as in the outer part of intraarticular menisci.
These nerve fibers are responsible for pain perception when a joint is strained.
Swimming is a great way to exercise the joints with minimal damage.
Most joint disorders involve arthritis, but joint damage by external physical trauma is typically not termed arthritis.
Arthropathies are called polyarticular (multiarticular) when involving many joints and monoarticular when involving only a single joint.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in people over the age of 55.
There are many different forms of arthritis, each of which has a different cause.
The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease), occurs following trauma to the joint, following an infection of the joint or simply as a result of aging and the deterioration of articular cartilage.
Furthermore, there is emerging evidence that abnormal anatomy may contribute to early development of osteoarthritis.
Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection.
Additionally, there is a less common form of gout that is caused by the formation of rhomboidal-shaped crystals of calcium pyrophosphate.
This form of gout is known as pseudogout.
Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) involves the jaw joints and can cause facial pain, clicking sounds in the jaw, or limitation of jaw movement, to name a few symptoms.
It is caused by psychological tension and misalignment of the jaw (malocclusion), and may be affecting as many as 75 million Americans.
The English word joint is a past participle of the verb join, and can be read as joined.
Joint is derived from Latin iunctus, past participle of the Latin verb iungere, join together, unite, connect, attach.
The English term articulation is derived from Latin articulatio.
Humans have also developed lighter, more fragile joint bones over time due to the decrease in physical activity compared to thousands of years ago.
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