Superior Gluteal Nerve

Joe Donohue-Torres, Caroline Brennick, Maxim Eckmann

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The superior gluteal nerve (SGN) is a motor nerve originating from the sacral plexus that arises from the posterior divisions of the lumbosacral plexus (ventral rami of L4, L5, and S1). The SGN may be compressed with prolonged internal rotation of the hip, from trauma, or by anterior-superior tendinous fibers on the piriformis muscle. SGN entrapment causes symptoms of gluteal pain, tenderness, and weakness with hip abduction. If conservative management fails, and symptoms respond to therapeutic blocks of the SGN, peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) may be considered. This chapter will review the technique, indications, and complications of PNS of the SGN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPeripheral Nerve Stimulation
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Guide
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780323830072
ISBN (Print)9780323830089
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • gluteal pain
  • hip pain
  • peripheral nerve stimulation
  • posterior hip pain
  • superior gluteal nerve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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