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Adductor magnus


Anatomy pictures

Adductor magnus - anterior view
Adductor magnus - posterior view
Adductor magnus - posterolateral view

Referred pain pattern

Adductor magnus - pain pattern

Muscle type

  • Postural
    • Shortens when overactivated


  • Pain in vagina or rectum
  • Diffuse pain 'deep inside' vagina or rectum
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Problems with sleeping position at night
    • Often with pillow between legs while sleeping on opposite side

Muscular attachments

Anterior view adductor magnus origin

Posterior view adductor magnus insertion


Short version

Detailed version

Myofascial line

Deep ventral line

Additional Functional Muscles Supporting The Deep Ventral Line



  • Deep


  • Ramus inferior pubis
  • Ramus ischium
  • Tuberositas ischium


  • Medial to tuberositas glutea
  • Middle aspect of linea aspera
  • Medial supracondylar ridge
  • Adductor tuberculum by medial condyle of femur

Main function

  • Pelvis
    • Posterior tilt
  • Hip
    • Adduction
    • Extension

Secondary function

  • Pelvis
    • Elevation

Nerve innervation

  • Segmental
    • L2-4
  • Peripheral
    • Nervus obturator
    • Nervus ischiadicus

Arterial supply

  • Deep part of femoral artery
  • Obturator artery