What is the functional classifications of joint movement in osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Joints can be classified in either functional or structural terms. A functional classification, based on movement, would categorize joints as follows:

  • Synarthroses (immovable)
  • Amphiarthroses (slightly moveable)
  • Diarthroses (freely moveable)

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