Arthrokinematic Motion - Small amplitude motions between bone surfaces at a joint.  The arthrokinematic motions are roll, glide (slide or translation), spin, compression and distraction (traction). Arthrokinematic motions accompany osteokinematic motions to maintain joint congruence.
  • Example, arthrokinematic motion of the talus includes posterior glide on the tibia during ankle dorsiflexion.
Synonyms include: arthrokinematics, passive accessory motion, joint play and component motion  

Related Terms

  • Osteokinematic motion
  • Joint congruence
  • Joint injury
  • Degenerative changes


  • arthrokinematic
  • arthrokinematics
  • component motion
  • accessory motion
  • joint play