Multiple Joints

A need for strength makes the bones rigid, but if they skeleton consisted of only one solid bone, movement would be impossible.

Nature has solved the problem by dividing the skeleton into many bone and creating joints where the bones intersect. Joints, also known as Articulations, are strong connections that join the bones, teeth and cartilage of the body together. Each joint is specialized in its shape and structural components to control the range of motion between the parts that it connects.

Joints may also be classified structurally based on what kind of material is present in the joint.

Fibrous Joints are made of tough collagen fibers and included the sutures of the skull and the syndesmosis joint that holds the ulna and radius of the forearm together.

Cartilaginous Joints are made of a band of cartilage that binds bones together. Some examples of Cartilaginous Joints include joints between the ribs and costal cartilage and the intervertebral disks of the spine.

Synovial Joints, the most common type of Joint, features a fluid-filled space between smooth cartilage pads at the end of articulating bones. Surrounding the Joint is a capsule of tough dense irregular connective tissue lines with synovial membrane.

The outer layer of capsule may extend into thick, strong bands called ligaments that reinforce the Joint and prevent undesired movements and dislocations. Synovial membrane lining the capsule produces the oily synovial fluid that lubricates the Joint and reduces friction and wear.

There are many different classes of synovial joints in the body.

Gliding Joints such as the ones between the carpals of the wrist are found where bones meet a flat surfaces and allow for the bones to glide past one another in any direction.

Hinge Joints such as the elbow and knee, limit movement in only one direction so that the angle between the bones can increase or decrease at the joint. The limited motion at Hinge Joints provides for more strength and reinforcement from the bones, muscles and ligaments that make up the joint

Saddle Joints such as the one between the first metacarpal and trapezium bone, permit 360 degrees motion by allowing the bones to pivot along two axes,

Should and Hip Joints form the only ball and socket joints in the body. These joints have the most free range of motion of any joint in the body. They are the only joints that can move in a full circle and rotate around their axis.

However, the drawback to the ball and socket joint is that its free range of motion makes it more susceptible to dislocation than less mobile joints.

Joints may be classified functionally based on how much movement they allow.

A joint that permits no movement is known as Asynarthrosis. The sutures of the skull and the gomphoses that connect the teeh to the skull are synarthroses.

An Amphiarthrosis allows a slight amount of movement at the joint.

The third functional class of joints is the freely movable Diarthrosis joints. Diarthroses have the highest range of motion of any joint and include the elbow, knee, shoulder and wrist.

It is not necessary that you memorize the different joints and their difficult-to-pronounce names, but it is nice when you can grasp the magnificence of the joints that we are inclined to give little thought to until we injure one or feel the ache and pain that comes when they are abused.

SUMMARY: The Joints are formed is such a way that they keep a balance between movement, stability and strength of the human skeleton. There are more joints in a child than an adult primarily because as growth occurs, some bones fuse together. The cartilage is the connective tissue between the bones and is more flexible and elastic. It is also insensitive which may explain why it is so slow to heal.

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