Medical Definition of Principal joints of the body

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Principal joints of the body: The principal joints of the human body include the following:

  • acromioclavicular
  • ankle (tibia-fibula and talus)
  • atlantoaxial
  • atlantooccipital
  • calcaneocuboid
  • carpometacarpal
  • elbow (humerus, radius, and ulna)
  • femur and tibia
  • hip bone and femur
  • intercarpal (proximal carpal, distal carpal, and the two rows of carpal bones with each other)
  • intermetacarpals
  • intermetatarsals
  • interphalangeal
  • intervertebral joints
  • knee (femur, tibia, and patella)
  • manubristernal
  • metacarpophalangeal
  • metatarsophalangeal
  • radioulnar
  • ribs, heads of
  • ribs, tubercles and necks of
  • sacrococcygeal
  • sacroiliac
  • shoulder (humerus and scapula)
  • sternoclavicular
  • sternocostal
  • subtalar
  • symphysis pubis
  • talus and calcaneus
  • talus and navicular
  • tarsometatarsal
  • temporomandibular
  • tibiofibular
  • ulnohumeral
  • wrist (radius, ulna, and carpals)
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    Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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