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What makes a synovial joint move smoothly?

There are three things that make a synovial joint move smoothly: the capsule, the synovial membrane and the cartilage. All the parts work together to make the bones slide over each other easily instead of banging and rubbing.

  • The capsule’s job is to hold the bones in the right positions so the joint can move properly.
  • Synovial joints have synovial membranes that make fluid. Synovial fluid makes it easier for the joints to move.
  • Cartilage covers the ends of the bones and cushions them like a shock absorber. This means the joints can handle impact.

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