Anatomy of the bursae of the pelvis

Can you name all of them?

Bursa are synovial filled cavities, anatomically designed to decrease pressure, mechanical friction and cushion sliding interfaces between associated structures. Occurring between bony prominences and the surrounding soft tissue, bursa can often become pathologically enlarged and inflamed. This results in pain and dysfunction which commonly mimics internal derangement and myotendinous disorders. Due to the complexity of the pelvic complex, there are about 20 currently characterized bursae. The authors of the present study sought to consolidate our current anatomical knowledge on the location of each bursa with respect to muscle action around the hip: flexion, extension, abduction and external rotation.


Curious about the rest of the article?

Sign up as a member of the Anatomy & Physiotherapy Society. 
Check out the benefits of a membership and give it a try today! 
Or have a look at our monthly featured article (free) on our homepage.

Already a member? Login below

Signup for our weekly or monthly newsletter and get notified on updates on the themes you're interested in:

Please enable the javascript to submit this form

Anatomy & Physiotherapy is a joint venture
between SoPhy & Sharing Science

Summaries on Physiotherapy B.V.
Berkenweg 7
Postbus 1161
3800 BD Amersfoort
The Netherlands

Chamber of commerce: 74973738
Bank: NL72ABNA0849809959
V.A.T. number: NL860093530B01

Sharing Science
Rijksweg Zuid 99
6134 AA Sittard
The Netherlands
Chamber of Commerce: 58306862