Hip Pointer

A hip pointer is a bruise or tear in the iliac crest, the ridge of bone on the upper outside of the hip. It is usually caused by a blow to the hip, a hard fall or a quick twist or turn of the body. It is common in contact sports like football, soccer, hockey and basketball.

A hip pointer is an extremely painful injury and can cause bleeding into the abdominal muscles. Pain may be felt when walking, laughing, coughing, or even breathing deeply.


Most hip pointers will heal with conservative treatment such as anti-inflammatory medication, rest, ice and compression. For more severe cases, your doctor may refer you for physical therapy.
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