Muscular System

What muscle is used to move the leg out sideways and which muscle moves it back?

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2005-11-30 04:41:11
2005-11-30 04:41:11

Moving the leg "sideways" is known as abducting the thigh. The gluteal muscles (gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus) are mostly responsible for this (there are also some small muscles that help abduct the thigh when the leg is flexed). Bringing the leg back is known as adducting the thigh. This is done by several muscles known as the adductor longus, adductor brevis, adductor magnus, and the gracilis. Hope this helps! Dr. B.

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