Buttocks Anatomy

Overview
The hip region contains powerful muscles, including the largest muscle in the entire body, the gluteus maximus.  The gluteus maximus is the muscle that gives the buttocks its familiar and recognizable shape.  This muscle of the buttocks extends the thigh, while other muscles in the buttocks such as the gluteus medius and minimus, work to keep the pelvis level and swing the opposite side forward while walking.

Related Injuries
- Fracture of Pelvis

Related Surgeries
- Fractured Pelvis Repair

Referenced Material
Anatomica’s Body Atlas. (2002). San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press (pg. 163)