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What is a Hip Pointer?
A hip pointer is the term used to describe the injury suffered when there is a
bone. This injury is very common in high contact sports such as
. Bruising and inflammation are the two most common side effects of this injury, and it is important to consult with a physician if you believe the injury has done further damage than just a contusion or bruise to the top of the hip bone.
Medical Definition of a Hip Pointer
A hip pointer is a subcutaneous contusion of the iliac crest resulting from a direct blow, usually at or near the anterior superior iliac spine, or ASIS. The contusion is graded from 1 to 3 depending on the extent of the damage. Grade 1 hip pointers functionally limit the patient for about 5-14 day, while grade 2 and 3 hip pointers can functionally limit individuals for 14-21 days.
- Hip Contusion
What are the symptoms of a Hip Pointer?
- Pain located at the anterior portion of the hip
- Tenderness at the site of the injury
- Pain increases with active trunk motions
Hip Labrum Tear
Treatment of Hip Pointer
- Early intervention within the first 2-4 hours is critical to help avoid severe pain and restricted motion.
- Follow the
- Proper usage of
to help alleviate any pain.
- Early range of motion exercises should be performed as long as they do not cause pain.
exercises within a pain free range of motion.
- You may benefit from the usage of
Greene W.B. (Ed). (2001). Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care.Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (714)
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