Quadratus Femoris

Original Editor - Leana Louw

Top Contributors - Leana Louw, Lucinda hampton and Kim Jackson


Quadratus femoris is a short, flat and rectangular muscle. It is situated inferior to the obturator internus and gemelli.[1]

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Lateral border of the ischial tuberosity.[1]


Quadrate tubercle on the intertrochanteric crest of the femur and area inferior to it.[1]


Nerve to quadratus femoris (L5, S1).[1]


Inferior gluteal artery.[1]


  • External rotates the thigh
  • Assists in adduction of the thigh
  • Stabilise the femur head in the acetabulum[1]

Clinical relevance



  • Soft tissue/trigger point release


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Klinkert Jr P, Porte RJ, De Rooij TP, De Vries AC. Quadratus femoris tendinitis as a cause of groin pain. British journal of sports medicine 1997;31(4):348.
  3. Willick SE, Lazarus M, Press JM. Quadratus femoris strain. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 2002;12(2):130-1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kassarjian A. Signal abnormalities in the quadratus femoris muscle: tear or impingement? American Journal of Roentgenology 2008;190(6):W379.
  5. Torriani M, Souto SC, Thomas BJ, Ouellette H, Bredella MA. Ischiofemoral impingement syndrome: an entity with hip pain and abnormalities of the quadratus femoris muscle. American Journal of Roentgenology 2009;193(1):186-90.