Gluteus Minimus - Muscle Physiology & Functional Anatomy


Gluteus Minimus Muscle




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


  • 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





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



  • Adductor Complex
  • Hamstrings




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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