Gluteus Medius Hip Abduction

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Gluteus Medius Hip Abduction

Action Review For Gluteus Medius Muscles

Gluteus Medius Hip Abduction is its action described as:

Abduction and Medial rotation of femur at hip, alternate side contractions in walking.  Paralysis of this muscle results in a limp often referred to as a "gluteus medius limp".  Stabilizes pelvis on same side when standing on one leg.

SYNERGISTS: assist in performing the action of hip Abduction

  • Gluteus maximus (superior fibers)
  • Gluteus minimus
  • Tensor fascia latae
  • Sartorius
  • Vvastus lateralis via fascial slips

Fixators and Stabilizers:  These muscles maintain dynamic control to allow for Abduction of the hip.

  • Rectus abdominis
  • Obliques
  • Quadratus lumborum
  • Erector spinae intrinsic stabilization subsystem
  • Deep Rotators of the Hip

Antagonists: Muscles that perform the opposite action to the agonist in this case Gluteus Medius & Hip Abduction

  • Adductor Magnus
  • Pectineus
  • Adductor Brevis
  • Adductor Longus
  • Gracilis
  • Guteus Maximus (inferior fibers)
  • Quadratus Femoris

See the Abductors in Motion

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References & Resources for the muscle anatomy information are:

Sieg and Adams: "Illustrated Essentials of Musculoskeletal Anatomy", 4th edition, 2002, Megabooks Inc,

Muscolino J E: The Muscular System Manual, The Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body, ed 3, 2009,

University of Michigan Medical School: Muscle Tables & Illustrations

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