(Quadriceps Femoris) Vastus Lateralis

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Greater trochanter to tibial tuberosity.

The (Quadriceps Femoris) Vastus Lateralis attaches to the proximal part of the intertrochanteric line, the anterior and inferior margins of the greater trochanter to the gluteal tuberosity and the linea aspera on the posterior femur. American Academy of Manual Medicine.


Patella via the Quadriceps tendon and Tibial tuberosity via the Patellar ligament.

Into the lateral side of the quadriceps tendon, joining with rectus femoris and the other vasti muscles, enveloping the patella, then by the patellar ligament into the tibial tuberosity.


Extend lower leg at knee.

Extends the leg at the knee and pulls the patella laterally.

Innervation – Nerve control

Femoral nerve.

The femoral nerve is a nerve in the thigh that supplies skin on the upper thigh and inner leg, and the muscles that extend the knee. Wiki


Lateral circumflex femoral artery.

The lateral circumflex femoral artery (lateral femoral circumflex artery, external circumflex artery) is an artery in the upper thigh. Wiki

Antagonist muscles


Gastrocnemius, Popliteus, Gracilis, and Sartorius. The hamstrings are the large set of muscles that span the back of the thigh from the buttocks to the calves and serve to flex the knee and extend the hip.

Pictures of muscles


Trigger Point Referrals


Stretching description








Additional Resources
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American Academy of Manual Medicine

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