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What is the gluteus maximus muscle?

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy

The gluteus maximus is a hip muscle that runs from the pelvis and inserts into the iliotibial band (ITB) and femur (thigh bone) at the hip joint. Its actions include leg extension, external rotation, and guiding the femoral head in the hip socket.

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Fixing You: Hip & Knee Pain: Self-treatment for IT band friction, arthritis, groin pain, bursitis, knee pain, PFS, AKPS, and other diagnoses

Hip and knee pain are often a result of poor pelvic muscle performance in combination with poor walking habits. This combination creates tracking problems in the hip socket or excessive rotation at...
Located behind the hips, the gluteus maximus muscle runs from the bottom of the spine to the outside of the thigh (femur). It externally rotates the thigh as well as straightening (extending) the hips.

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