It runs from the
lower transverse sacral tubercles, the
inferior margins sacrum and the upper
) to the
tuberosity of the ischium. It is a remnant of part of
Biceps femoris muscle. The sacrotuberous ligament is attached by its broad base to the posterior superior iliac spine, the posterior sacroiliac ligaments (with which it is partly blended), to the lower transverse sacral tubercles and the lateral margins of the lower sacrum and upper coccyx. Its oblique fibres descend laterally, converging to form a thick, narrow band that widens again below and is attached to the medial margin of the ischial tuberosity. It then spreads along the ischial ramus as the falciform process, whose concave edge blends with the fascial sheath of the internal pudendal vessels and pudendal nerve. The lowest fibres of gluteus maximus are attached to the posterior surface of the ligament; superficial fibres of the lower part of the ligament continue into the tendon of biceps femoris. The ligament is pierced by the coccygeal branches of the inferior gluteal artery, the perforating cutaneous nerve and filaments of the coccygeal plexus.
The membranous falciform process of the sacrotuberous ligament was found to be absent in 13% of
cadavers. When present it extends towards the
ischioanal fossa travelling along the
ischial ramus and fusing with the
The lower border of the ligament was found to be directly continuous with the tendon of origin of the long head of the
Biceps femoris in approximately 50% of subjects.
Biceps femoris could therefore act to stabilise the sacroiliac joint via the sacrotuberous ligament.