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Hip Pointer

What is a hip pointer?

A hip pointer is a bruise of the bones in your hip or a bruise of the muscles and other soft tissue in the hip.

What is the cause?

A hip pointer is caused by a direct blow to the hip. This injury happens most often in a contact sport, such as football, when someone drives a helmet into the hip.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain and tenderness in the hip
  • Trouble walking
  • A soft lump over the injured area

How is it diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and how the injury happened. Your provider will examine your hip. You may have an X-ray to check for a fracture.

How is it treated?

The pain from a hip pointer usually goes away in a few weeks with self-care. Your provider may recommend stretching and exercises to help you heal. In some cases, your provider may give you a shot of steroid medicine.

How can I take care of myself?

To help relieve pain for the first few days after the injury:

  • Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth on the injured area every 3 to 4 hours for up to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen, or other medicine as directed by your provider. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may cause stomach bleeding and other problems. These risks increase with age. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare provider, you should not take this medicine for more than 10 days.

Put padding over the injured area to help keep it from getting hurt again.

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions. Ask your provider:

  • How and when you will hear your test results
  • How long it will take to recover
  • What activities you should avoid and when you can return to your normal activities
  • How to take care of yourself at home
  • What symptoms or problems you should watch for and what to do if you have them

Make sure you know when you should come back for a checkup.

How can I help prevent a hip pointer?

A hip pointer is hard to prevent. However, if you are playing a contact sport, wearing proper protective padding over this area of your body may help to prevent injury.

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Adult Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2014-02-01
Last reviewed: 2014-01-23
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
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