5 Things You Need to Know About Thigh Muscle Strain

When you refer to the muscles of your thigh, you are not simply referring to one muscle. Your thigh is actually made up of three muscles: hamstrings in the back, adductor muscles along the insides and quadriceps (the large muscle in the front). Hamstrings and quadriceps bend and extend the leg, while adductors work to pull the thighs together. Quadriceps and hamstrings are the muscles that are most vulnerable to strains.

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When you refer to the muscles of your thigh, you are not simply referring to one muscle. Your thigh is actually made up of three muscles: hamstrings in the back, adductor muscles along the insides and quadriceps (the large muscle in the front). Hamstrings and quadriceps bend and extend the leg, while adductors work to pull the thighs together. Quadriceps and hamstrings are the muscles that are most vulnerable to strains.

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