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Joints and ligaments of the ...

Other Terms: Fingers, Ligaments of the digits (hand), Digital (hand) joints and ligaments

Description

These are the small, mobile joints that occur between the distal ends of the metacarpal bones and the proximal end of the proximal phalanges (metacarpophalangeal joints) and between adjacent phalanges (interphalangeal joints).

Type

Intermetacarpal joints and ligaments – plane joints syndesmotic ligaments Metacarpophalangeal joints – ellipsoid joints Interphalangeal joints – hinge joints

Articular surfaces

Adjoining surfaces of the bones – metacarpal to phalangeal and phalangeal to phalangeal.

Ligaments

Numerous strong ligaments support and limit the movements of the bones in these joints.

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