Ball and Socket Joint – Present in the shoulder and the hip, they allow backwards, forwards sideways and rotating movements
(Pronounced bawl and soh-kit)
To remember where the ball and socket joint is, recall the following mnemonic:
When kicking a ball and using a socket (ball and socket) wrench, his hip and shoulder joints allow backwards, forwards, sideways and rotating movements.
The ball and socket joint is a multiaxial joint. It moves in many planes, forwards, sideways and rotating.
The hip joint is a large ball and socket joint.
Note: The shoulder is another large ball and socket joint.
A ball and socket joint can be found in the hand, halfway down your fingers. (Note: The ball and socket joint in the fingers don't allow the same multi-plane movement as in the hip or shoulder).