Tensor fasciae latae

  • The tensor fasciae latae (also tensor of fascia lata, tensor fasciae latae muscle, latin: musculus tensor fasciae latae) is a thin muscle situated in the gluteal region and in the lateral surface of thigh.

    Origin

    The tensor fasciae latae originates from the anterior superior iliac spine.

    Insertion

    The tensor fasciae latae continues as the iliotibial tract, which inserts in the tibia.

    Action

    The main functions of the tensor fasciae latae are to stretch the fascia lata, to stabilize the hip during extension and to flex the femur.

    Innervation

    The tensor fasciae latae is innervated by the superior gluteal nerve from the sacral plexus.