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What is the gluteus medius muscle?

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy

The gluteus medius is a hip muscle that originates around the border of the anterior through posterior (behind or in back of) portions of the pelvis and inserts onto the femur (thigh bone). The anterior fibers medially rotate the leg, the posterior fibers laterally rotate the leg, and all work together to abduct the leg.

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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 on the outside of the hips, the gluteus medius muscle runs from the top of the pelvis to the top of the thigh (femur). It helps externally rotate the hips and abduct the thigh (move the thigh out to the side).

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