Superior Cluneal Nerve Entrapment

  • Terri Dallas-PrunskisEmail author


The superior cluneal nerve (SCN) may be responsible for pain referred to the lower back. This pain is distinguished by its topography, by hypersensitivity of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, and by tenderness at a point on the iliac crest approximately 7 cm from the midline. The syndrome is usually treated with local anesthetic/steroid injections; if the pain returns, neuroablation may be performed.


Low back pain Superior cluneal nerve Entrapment neuropathy Iliac crest Dorsal ramus syndrome Gluteal region Maigne syndrome 

Supplementary material

Video 51.1

Physical exam of the superior cluneal nerve (MOV 22042 kb)

Video 51.2

Landmark-based injection of the superior cluneal nerve (MOV 18608 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Illinois Pain InstituteElginUSA

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