Ortho-Preferred

Rectus Femoris


- See Quads

- Origin:
      - Straight Head: Anterior Inferior Iliac Spine
      - Reflected Head: Groove on upper brim of acetabulum;

- Insertion: Upper border of patella by the ligamentum patella into tibia tuberosity;
- Reversed origin-insertion action: Flexes the pelvis on the femur and gives anterior stabilization to the pelvis;

- Nerve Supply:   Femoral, L2, L3, L4; (see innervation)
- Synergists:    - psoas, sartorius, tensor fascia lata, vastus lateralis vastus medialis, vastus intermedius;
- Arterial supply: ascending branch of lateral femoral circumflex artery

- Rectus Femoris Tear: (MRI picture)



A study of the arterial supply in the human rectus femoris muscle.

Incomplete, intrasubstance strain injuries of the rectus femoris muscle.

Rectus femoris muscle tear appearing as a pseudotumor.

Surgical treatment of proximal ruptures of the rectus femoris in professional soccer players

Anatomical evaluation of the rectus femoris tendon and its related structures




Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 10:27 am