Freely Movable Joints Are
Capable of Various Motions
Many types of movements occur at freely movable synovial
joints (Figure 5.14):
—Flat bone surfaces move back-and-forth and
side-to-side relative to one another, like the movements
of your carpal bones against one another that allow you to
move your wrist. Gliding movements are limited to loose-
fitting structures of the articular capsule and associated
ligaments and bones (not shown in Figure 5.14).
Types o f m o v em en ts a t synovial join ts • Figure 5.1 4
Synovial joints can have angular movements, rotational movements, or special movements.
Angular movements: increase
decrease in angle between articulating bones
The Skeletal System