If you have synovitis, it means that your synovial membrane has become inflamed.The synovial membrane is a very thin membrane that lines the joints of your knees, hips, wrists, shoulders, and ankles, though synovitis most commonly affects the knees.
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A hinge joint is a common class of synovial joint that includes the ankle, elbow, and knee joints. Hinge joints are formed between two or more bones where the bones can only move along one axis to flex or extend.
Developing synovitis means the synovial membrane or the lining of the joint becomes inflamed. This injury that targets the soft tissue covering the joint capsule usually affects the knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, and wrists.