A hip pointer is a bruise to the upper part of your hip. This part of the hip bone is called the iliac crest. Many muscles, including abdominal muscles, attach at this site. A pointer can involve injury to bone and soft tissue.
Hip Bone and Local Musculature
The iliac crest is the top curve of the pelvis toward the front of the body.
The injury can be very painful. Contact your doctor if you think you may have this injury.
Hip pointers are caused by a direct blow to the boney part of the pelvis. This commonly occurs in football or hockey when another player’s helmet hits the pelvis. It can also occur by taking a hard fall onto the hip in any sport.
Participating in contact sports increases your chance of developing a hip pointer. Football players and hockey players are especially at risk. Hip pointers are also more common while playing basketball and soccer.
If you have any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to a hip pointer. These may be caused by other conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:
Pain with activity
Decreased range of motion
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. You may be referred to specialist. An orthopedist focuses on bones and joints. A sports medicine physician focuses on sport-related injuries.
You may have an
to rule out fractures. An x-ray is a test that uses radiation to take pictures of structures in your body.
Hip pointers are treated with:
Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
For severe pain, your doctor may inject a steroid directly into your hip
A physical therapist may be recommended to help you regain mobility and build muscle strength
Hip pointers may take several weeks to heal and for the pain to go away and for normal movement to return. Check with your doctor about a timeline to return to normal activities. You may be able to return to activity as soon as you feel you are able.
Hip pointers occur through direct blows to the affected area. This is often accidental. As a result, not all hip pointers can be prevented. However, make sure to wear proper sports equipment and padding to decrease your chance of any injury.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a