While watching the 23rd Olympic Games, you’ll notice the amazing quadriceps muscles of the winter athletes. For all of us, the quads are essential to movement, but thigh and knee pain can be caused by dysfunction in any of the four quadriceps muscles. This post looks at some of the reasons for this pain and ways to restore function.
Muscle of the Month: Quadriceps
The quadriceps (‘quads’) are the beautiful muscles that make up the fronts of your thighs. They are a group of four muscles that, working together, help flex (bend) the hip and extend (straighten) the knee. Only one of the quad muscles actually flexes the hip, while all four of them help stabilize and extend the knee. The more support and strength the knee has, the less likely it is to be prone to injury; so it is important to keep the quads strong and healthy to ensure a healthy knee joint later in life.
Rectus Femoris: This one muscle moves two joints: hip and knee
Actions – Flexes the hip, extends the knee
Common pain culprits – excessive stair climbing, running
The rectus femoris is the longest of the four quad muscles and is the only one to cross over two joints: hip and…
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