Gluteus Minimus - Muscle Physiology & Functional Anatomy

 

Gluteus Minimus Muscle

Anatomy

 

Origin:

  • External (gluteal) surface of the ilium (below origin of gluteus medius)

Insertion:

  • Anterior surface of the greater trochanter of the femur



Major Artery

  • Superior gluteal artery

 

Neural Innervation:

  • Superior gluteal nerve (L4, L5, S1 nerve roots)

 

Trigger Points:

Gluteus Minimus Trigger Points   Trigger Points for Gluteus Medius

 

 

Physiology

 

Concentric Functions:

  • Abduction, transverse abduction & internal rotation (during abduction) of the femur at the hip

 

Eccentric Functions:

  • Decelerates hip adduction

 

Isometric Function:

  • Stabilizes in the frontal plane along with the gluteus medius & tensor fascia latae

 

Related Muscles

 

Antagonists:

  • Adductor Complex
  • Hamstrings

Exercises:

 

 


More Images of the Gluteus Minimus Muscle

Gluteus Minimus

Gluteus Minimus Muscle Glutes

 


More Information about the Gluteus Minimus Muscle

The gluteus minimus muscle is fan shaped and located deep to the superior gluteus medius and maximus. In addition to being an important stabilizer of the hip, the gluteus minimus muscle also expands the capsule of the hip joint.

 

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