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 placed in the gluteal region and in the lateral surface of thigh.

    The tensor fasciae latae originates from the anterior superior iliac spine. The tensor fasciae latae continues as the iliotibial tract, which inserts in the tibia.

    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.