Plane joint

Last revised by Dr Andrew Dixon on 05 Feb 2016

Plane joints, also known as gliding joints, are a type of synovial joint between flat or near-flat articular surfaces.  

Movements

Under normal conditions plane joints only permit sliding movement in the same plane as the articular surfaces, and do not allow movement in any other plane. The degree of allowable gliding displacement is limited by the articular capsule and associated ligaments.

  • gliding in plane of the articular surface
Examples

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Cases and figures

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