A joint is the connection point between two bones. The stability and integrity of all joints are maintained by fibrous strands of connective tissue known as ligaments. These tissue hold the bones together. Some joints allow for a great deal of movement, while others have virtually no movement capacity at all.

Fibrous joints allow very little if any movement due to the small amount of space between the bone endings.

The joints of the skull, the joint between the radius and ulna of the lower arm, and the joint between the distal end of the tibia and fibula of the lower leg are all fibrous.

Cartilaginous joints have only a very limited capacity for movement. Examples are the joints that connect the ribs to sternum and the intervertebral disks of the spine.

Synovial joints account for most of the joints in the human body. They allow for considerable and varying amounts of movement.

Joints can be categorized by their type of movement and by defining the number of directions in which they can rotate around their given axis.

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