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Anterior hip pain & the reflected head of the Rectus Femoris

December 21, 2010

In this video taken at an Functional Anatomic Palpation Systems ‘Lower Limb’ seminar, Dr. Mike Chivers discusses the functional anatomy of the rectus femoris.  Specifically how the reflected head of the muscle can lead to anterior hip ‘pinching’ pain during hip flexion due to its association with the anterior hip capsule.  Recall that the Rectus Femoris arises from two origins, the first being the anterior inferior iliac spine, and the second, the ‘reflected head’ arising off of the superior aspect of the acetabulum.  This reflected head is intimately connected via fascia to the hip joint capsule.


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