Ball and socket joint


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Related to Ball and socket joint: gliding joint, hinge joint, pivot joint
a joint in which a ball moves within a socket, so as to admit of motion in every direction within certain limits.

See also: Ball

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One suggestion is that he may have hip impingement - a common problem in high-impact sports involving the ball and socket joint.
The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint, which makes it the most mobile joint of the body, giving you a tremendous range of movement.
The muscles, found near the ball and socket joint of the shoulder, help position the shoulder properly in its socket.
Summary: The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The socket (Glenoid) is like a flat saucer and the ball (head of Humerus) is an incomplete sphere.