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What is the tensor fascia lata muscle?

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy

On the front of the hip is the tensor fascia lata (TFL), a relatively small but important muscle that runs from a bony prominence on the ilium called the ASIS (anterior superior iliac spine) to a broad band of fascia (iliotibial band, or ITB) that inserts into the lower leg bone and kneecap. The TFL flexes, rotates inward (internal rotation), and abducts the thigh bone, as well as controls the ITB.

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