Hip-muscle-model-3-labeledMuscle Origin

Superior ramus of pubis to pectineal line of femur (midway between lesser trochanter and linea aspera).

Pectineal line of the pubic bone.


Pectineal line of the femur.

A vertical line from the lesser trochanter to the linea aspera.


Flexes and adducts thigh.

Thigh – flexion, adduction.

Innervation – Nerve control

Femoral nerve, sometimes obturator nerve.

The pectineus muscle is considered a composite muscle as the innervation is by the femoral nerve (L2 and L3) and occasionally, in about 20% of the population, a branch of the obturator nerve called the accessory obturator nerve.


Obturator artery.

The obturator artery is a branch of the internal iliac artery that passes antero-inferiorly (forwards and downwards) on the lateral wall of the pelvis, to the upper part of the obturator foramen, and, escaping from the pelvic cavity through the obturator canal, it divides into both an anterior and a posterior branch. Wiki

Antagonist muscles

Gluteus Maximus, Adductor Magnus (posterior part).

Pictures of muscles


Trigger Point Referrals


Stretching description








Additional Resources
Sports Lab
American Academy of Manual Medicine

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