Synovial Joint Mechanics

  • R. Bruce Martin
  • David B. Burr
  • Neil A. Sharkey


Up to this point, this book has primarily discussed bone, but we now put aside this tissue and direct our attention to the soft tissues of the skeletal system. In this chapter we explore the mechanics of synovial joints, and in the last chapter, tendons and ligaments. However, we must not forget what we have learned about bone, because its presence heavily influences the characteristics of the new tissues we are going to study.


Friction Coefficient Articular Cartilage Synovial Fluid Articular Surface Joint Surface 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Bruce Martin
    • 1
  • David B. Burr
    • 2
  • Neil A. Sharkey
    • 3
  1. 1.Orthopaedics Research Laboratories, Research Building IUniversity of California Davis Medical CenterSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy, MS 259Indiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA
  3. 3.Center for Locomotion StudiesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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