Adductor Longus

quadriceps-muscle-medial-labeledMuscle Origin

Pubic crest/symphysis pubis to linea aspera of femur.

Pubic body just below the pubic crest.


Middle third of linea aspera.

Middle third of linea aspera, between the more medial adductor magnus and brevis insertions and the more lateral origin of the vastus medialis.


Adducts and flexes thigh at hip.

Its main actions are to adduct and medially rotate the thigh; it can also produce some degree of flexion/anteversion.

Innervation – Nerve control

Anterior branch of obturator nerve.

As part of the medial compartment of the thigh, the adductor longus is innervated by the anterior division (sometimes the posterior division) of the obturator nerve. The obturator nerve exits via the anterior rami of the spinal cord from L2, L3, and L4. Wiki


Deep femoral artery.

The deep artery of the thigh, (profunda femoris artery or deep femoral artery) is a branch of the femoral artery that, as its name suggests, travels more deeply (posteriorly) than the rest of the femoral artery. Wiki

Antagonist muscles

Gluteus maximus, Adductor magnus (posterior part).

The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the buttock which moves the thigh. The adductor magnus is a large triangular muscle, situated on the medial side of the thigh.

Pictures of muscles


Trigger Point Referrals


Stretching description








Additional Resources
University of Washington, Department of Radiology
American Academy of Manual Medicine

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