A hip pointer is a contusion to the iliac crest, the ridge of bone on the upper outside of the hip. It is generally caused by a blow to the hip or a collision with a surface such as the ground.
Diagnosis and Treatment
A hip pointer is diagnosed based upon the history of the injury (how it happened) and x-rays of the area to rule out a fracture at the site. Treatment consists of rest, ice, and compression. Crutches may be required for more severe injuries. A protective pad may be used for cases in which an athlete is able to continue in his or her sport.
Hip pointers can best be prevented by wearing proper protective equipment according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, especially in collision sports such as football, hockey, and lacrosse.
Rehabilitation for a hip pointer will consist of strengthening the associated musculature around the injured area. Gait training may be needed for severe hip pointers that require extended use of crutches.
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