Superior Gluteal Nerve Entrapment

  • Andrea M. TrescotEmail author


The superior gluteal nerve (SGN) entrapped between the piriformis and gluteus medius muscles may be responsible for pain referred to the buttocks and lower leg. This pain is distinguished by its location. This entrapment syndrome is usually treated with a local anesthetic/steroid injection; if the pain returns, neuroablation may be performed.


Low back pain Superior gluteal nerve Entrapment neuropathy Pseudosciatica 

Supplementary material

Video 53.1

Physical exam of the superior gluteal nerve (MOV 38252 kb)

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Landmark-guided injection of the superior gluteal nerve (MOV 21800 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pain and Headache CenterAnchorageUSA

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