The quadriceps muscle is the one on top of your thigh that attaches into your kneecap. This muscle is responsible for extending (making straight) your knee. It is also responsible for slowly controlling the bend of your knee when you are squatting or going down stairs. This muscle is directly responsible for knee health and function. When the quadriceps are weak, they cannot properly stabilize the knee, therefore the knee will experience more abnormal movements during activity. Abnormal movements cause pain and inflammation. Watch this video for a complete explanation:
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