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Iliofemoral ligament

Other Terms: Bigelow's ligament, Bertin's ligament, Ligamentum iliofemorale, Ligament ilio-fémoral

Parts

Greater iliofemoral ligament, lateral iliofemoral ligament, and medial iliofemoral ligament

Group

Lower limb joints - Hip

Description

This is a thick triangular ligamentous band that is one of the strongest ligaments in the body. The narrow apex of the ligament attaches to the ilium between the anterior inferior iliac spine and the superior border of the acetabulum. From this attachment, the ligament radiates as it descends to attach to the intertrochanteric line of the anterior femur. It crosses and blends with the anterior surface of the joint capsule. It is sometimes considered to have three distinct parts -- a thin middle section, the greater iliofemoral ligament bordered by two thick bands, the lateral and medial iliofemoral ligaments.

Function

Stabilizes the hip joint and limits extension and lateral rotation of the hip.

Latin

Ligamentum iliofemorale

French

Ligament ilio-fémoral

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