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Diagnosis: Your Joints



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Simply put, a joint is the point at which two or more bones meet. There are several types of joints in the body:


  • Hinge Joint: The hinge joint, similar to its namesake, allows bones to move back and forth, like a hinge on door. Hinge joints are found in knees and the ulna part of the elbows.

  • Pivot Joint: The pivot joint enables rotation, allowing bones to spin and twist around other bones. Pivot joints are found in the neck and radius part of the elbow.

  • Ball and Socket Joint: The ball and socket joint allows for a wide range of rotation and movement. Similar to its namesake, this joint features a ball-shaped surface of one rounded bone that fits into the cup-like depression of another bone. Shoulders and hips are examples of ball and socket joints.

  • Saddle Joint: In the saddle joint, the touching surfaces of two bones have both a concave and a convex curve, with the shapes of the two bones complementing the other and allowing a wide range of movement. The only saddle joint in the body is where thumb attaches to the hand.

  • Condyloid Joint: The condyloid joint allows movement, but no rotation. Condyloid joints are in the jaw and fingers.

  • Gliding Joint: As its name suggests, the gliding joint allows bones to glide past each other. These are found in ankles, wrists and the spine.


At Westchase Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, we have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of athletic-related injuries, including:



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