gluteus minimus


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gluteus minimus

The smallest, thinnest and deepest of the three buttock muscles.
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Cvitanic and colleagues evaluated the abductor tendons of the hip using five major criteria: tendon discontinuity, tendon elongation, atrophy of the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus muscles, presence of an area of high signal intensity superior to the greater trochanter on T2-weighted images, and presence of an area of high signal lateral to the greater trochanter on T2-weighted images.
Caption: FIGURE 3: Intraoperative image showing the urgent fasciotomy and the decompression of the three gluteal compartments (tensor fascia lata, gluteus minimus and medius, and the gluteus maximus) with distal extension through the left tight.
It is called 'hip hiking'2 where a weak gluteus medius or gluteus minimus will force the QL in conjunction with tensor fasciae latae to become the compensatory prime movers of hip abduction.
[sup][3] However, the gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, adductors, and iliopsoas muscles may act as a deforming force during contraction, thus increasing the stress on the femur without weight-bearing.
There are three of them: gluteus maximus, the gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. They attach to back of the pelvis and insert into the greater trochanter;
"In response, the three key muscles that give the buttocks their shape - the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus - become less responsive and generally underactive, leading to poor muscle tone," he said.
Muscles Target: quadriceps Synergists gluteus maximus, adductor magnus soleus; Dynamic Stabilizers: hamstrings, gastrocnemius; Stabilizers: erector spinae, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus Type: Front squat Dumbbells Instructions Stand with dumbbells grasped to sides.