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Popliteus Muscle – Attachments, Actions & Innervation

image descriptionPopliteus Muscle

Popliteus Muscle attached to the lower limb with other muscles
Popliteus Muscle attached to the lower limb with other muscles
Popliteus Muscle attached to the lower limb with other muscles
Popliteus Muscle attached to the lower limb alone
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image descriptionAttachments of Popliteus Muscle: Origin & Insertion

Origin: (proximal attachments):
Lateral surface of lateral condyle of femur.

Insertion: (distal attachments):
Proximal posterior surface of tibia; just above the soleal (popliteal) line.

Popliteus Muscle attached to the lower limb with other muscles
Popliteus Muscle attached to the lower limb alone
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Actions of Popliteus Muscle on the leg:

a. image descriptionFlexes leg at knee.

Leg flexion (1)
Leg flexion (2)
Leg flexion (3)
Leg flexion (4)
Leg flexion (5)

b. image descriptionMedially rotates leg at knee.

Leg medial rotation (1)
Leg medial rotation (2)
Leg medial rotation (3)
Leg medial rotation (4)
Leg medial rotation (5)

Nerve to Muscle and its Spinal Segment:

Tibial nerve (L4, L5, S1).

Overview:

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