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Pectineus Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Pectineus Anatomy Study

Pectineus Anatomy Origin: Pectineal line of the pubis and a narrow area of the superior pubic ramus below it.
Insertion: A vertical line from the lesser trochanter to the linea aspera
Action: Assists with flexion of the thigh at the hip, assists with adduction of the thigh at the hip
Innervation: Anterior division of the femoral nerve  (L2 – 3)
Blood Supply: Branches from the internal iliac and profunda femoris arteries

Synergist: Iliopsoas, Tensor Fasciae Latae, Adductor Brevis, Sartorius

Antagonist: Gluteus Maximus, Adductor Magnus (posterior part)


Primary Action of Pectineus:

  • The pectineus is not a prime mover and does not have a primary action

Secondary Actions of the Pectineus:

1. Assists with flexion of the thigh at the hip

    • Agonists: Psoas Major, Iliacus
    • Antagonists: Gluteus Maximus, Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus, Biceps Femoris (long head), Adductor magnus (posterior part)

2. Assists with adduction of the thigh at the hip

    • Agonists: Adductor Longus, Adductor Brevis, Adductor Magnus
    • Antagonists: Gluteus Maximus (upper fibers), Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Minimus

For information about pain and injury see:  Pectineus Muscle: Groin and Pelvic Pain

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