Joints Types and Joint Movement

Custom Search

Muscular System:

Muscular System Index

Abdominal Muscles

Ankle Muscles

Arm Muscles

Back Muscles

Cardiac Muscle

Cartilage

Elbow Muscles

Foot Muscles

Hand Muscles

Head and Face Muscles

Hip Muscles

Joints

Knee Muscles

Leg Muscles

Ligaments

Motor Development

Muscle and the Nervous System

Muscle Control

Muscle Exercise

Muscle Fiber

Muscle, Tendon, Bone Connection

Muscle Types

Muscular System Overview

Neck Muscles

Reflexes

Shoulder Muscles

Thoracic Muscles

Vertebral Muscles

Muscular System Video Index

Human Body Index

Human Body Video Index

Science Videos


Science Main Index



 

Our body has many joints. Joints are like the hinges of our body. Without joints, our bodies would be stiff as a board. For example, we wouldn't be able to bend our arms or legs. Muscles provide both stability for joints, and help move the joints. Read on to learn more about our body joints, and how they work.

On this page:

Joint Types

Top of Page

Human Joint structure
Joints Types and Joint Movement

The word joint describes how bones are connected to other bones by muscle, tendons and ligaments.

There are several different types of joints. Some joints, such as the shoulder joint and the hip joint, are formed with a ball and socket type joint. Other joints, such as the elbow or knee, are formed where the ends of two or more bones come together.

Joints consist of bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue. Muscles keep the bones in place and also through contraction or extension help move the bones. Cartilage prevents the bone ends from rubbing directly on to each other. Cartilage is not as hard and rigid as bone, but is stiffer and less flexible than muscle. Tendons are bands of fibrous tissue that connect muscles to bones. Ligaments are bands of fibrous tissue that connect the ends of bones together to form a joint.

 

Books on Joint Types

Top of Page

   
   

 

Other links on Joint Types

Top of Page

   
 

Top of Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Copyright © 1998-2012 Kidport