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Do all joints have a joint capsule?

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Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

A synovial joint has a capsule surrounding it.
These are joints like the shoulder, knee, hip and many many others. There are also fibrous joints (like the sutures in the skull) and cartilaginous joints (like where the ribs meet the sternum). Each of these kinds of joints have numerous subtypes as well.

In brief: No

A synovial joint has a capsule surrounding it.
These are joints like the shoulder, knee, hip and many many others. There are also fibrous joints (like the sutures in the skull) and cartilaginous joints (like where the ribs meet the sternum). Each of these kinds of joints have numerous subtypes as well.
Dr. Stephen Daquino
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: No

No. There are a number of different types of joints.
Synovial joints do have a joint capsule. The symphysis pubis and the intervertebral disc are two joints that do not have a traditional joint capsule.

In brief: No

No. There are a number of different types of joints.
Synovial joints do have a joint capsule. The symphysis pubis and the intervertebral disc are two joints that do not have a traditional joint capsule.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Nope

Hinged joints that flex/extend/rotate have capsules, but there are other joints that do not.
For example, sacroiliac joint do not.

In brief: Nope

Hinged joints that flex/extend/rotate have capsules, but there are other joints that do not.
For example, sacroiliac joint do not.
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