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Ask the Docs - Hip Pointer



Patient Question:

Last week while playing in a pickup soccer game, I ran into another player and injured my hip. Now my hip is tender and painful when I walk and is hampering my conditioning. Could this be serious?

 

Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph:
It sounds like you are one of many athletes who experience pain, bruising, and inflammation from a hip pointer. A hip pointer refers to a direct contact injury to the iliac crest of the pelvis, or what most people think of as the “hip bone.” The term hip pointer is often used to illustrate a deep bruise, a break to the hip, or a small fracture to the hipbone. Most commonly it is used to describe a deep bruise.

Hip pointers usually occur when a blunt force or direct contact is made with the hipbone. They are often associated with contact sports such as football, soccer, and rugby. A hip pointer is usually recognizable by pain and tenderness that occurs after a direct contact injury. There is also a loss of motion in your hip joint that often causes a limp while walking and restricts your ability to run.

Treatment:
The good news is that a hip pointer can often be effectively treated with RICE therapy: resting and discontinuing workouts; icing the hip for 20 minutes every hour over the first 48 hours; compressing the joints with a tightly wrapped bandage to help prevent swelling; and elevating the joint by sleeping or resting on the opposite hip.

If conservative treatment fails to reduce the pain of the injury, it would be a good idea to visit an orthopaedic physician. Your physician may recommend an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and pain, along with a stretching program that will help you to combat stiffness of the joint. Also, your physician may order an X-ray or other diagnostic testing to rule out a more serious injury such as a fracture.

For more information about Dr. Bush-Joseph and the Sports Medicine physicians of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, orthopaedic consultants for the Chicago Rush, call 877 MD BONES or visit us online at www.rushortho.com.

The information contained on this page is intended for education purposes only, and is in no way intended to serve as a substitute for direct medical advice. Anyone experiencing joint or muscle discomfort is encouraged to consult with a qualified orthopaedic physician.                                                                 Submit Your Question


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