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The point at which two or more bones are connected is called a joint. In all joints, the bones are kept from grinding against each other by padding called cartilage. Bones are joined to bones by strong, elastic bands of tissue called ligaments. Tendons are tough cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone. Muscles work in opposing pairs to bend and straighten joints. While muscles are not technically part of a joint, they're important because strong muscles help support and protect joints. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Knee Problems: NIAMS)
Joints: Joints are the places in the body where two or more bones meet. Joints, also called articulations, are a part of the skeletal system and play a big role in giving the body flexibility and the ability to move. Many joints are held together by ligaments, which also help to provide stability for the body. Cartilage and fibrous tissue separate the ends of bone tissues from touching directly and provide lubrication for movement in some types of joints. There are three types of joints: movable joints, fixed joints and slightly movable joints. More movable joints have less stability and strength than less movable joints.
Conditions that can afflict joints include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, dislocations, trauma, infection, dysplagia and inflammation.
The following organs are closely related to the organ: Joints:
The following conditions are related to the organ: Joints:
The following are other names for the organ: Joints:
The following list contains sub-parts of the organ: Joints:
These symptoms are related to afflictions of the organ: Joints:
Condition count: 26 ; see list below.
Main condition: Joint conditions
Organs: list of all organs
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