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Trigger Point Therapy - Gluteus Minimus

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Treating Gluteus Minimus - Stuart Hinds


[Greek gloutos, buttock; Latin minimus, smallest]

The gluteus minimus is situated anteroinferior and deep to the gluteus medius, whose fibers obscure it.


Outer surface of ilium between anterior and inferior gluteal lines.


Anterior border of greater trochanter.


Abducts, medially rotates, and may assist in flexion of hip joint. Antagonists: lateral rotator group.


Superior gluteal nerve, L4, 5, S1.

Basic Functional Movement

Example: stepping sideways over an object, such as a low fence.


Gluteus Minimus Trigger Points

Gluteus Minimus - Common Trigger Point Sites and Referred Pain Patterns


Referred Pain Patterns

A multipennate muscle with multiple anterior, middle, and posterior trigger points referring strong pain in lower buttock, hip, and lateral lower extremity beyond knee to ankle and calf.

A huge percentage of leg pain, including sciatica, has a connection to gluteus minimus and hamstrings.


Pain sitting to standing, pain at rest/walking/side lying, night pain (may wake), hip replacement, sciatica/pseudosciatica, leg length discrepancy, postural issues, hip pain in bed, arthritic hip, post hip surgery.


Sitting on wallet, sports injury (tennis, running, biking), trauma from fall, motorcycling, standing on one leg, sitting cross-legged, hip/ knee/ankle injury/fracture, leg casts.

Differential Diagnosis

Radiculopathy (lumbar). Sacroiliitis. Hip joint dysfunction. Sciatic irritation. Hip bursitis.


TFL, other gluteal muscles, vastus lateralis, IT band, QL, peroneal muscles, piriformis, pelvic alignment.









This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell. 




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