What is a hip pointer? It is simply pain over the iliac crest or upper hip bone. This type of injury can be painful. It can be caused by a traumatic blow to the hip bone like getting hit in sports or running Into furniture. This in turn will create a contusion or bruise to the muscles in this area.
You may notice swelling and significant tenderness over the top of the hip bone and even some abdominal spasms. You can experience increased pain while turning your trunk side to side or while bending your trunk away from the injured side.
As with most soft tissue injuries, ice and stretching along with rest will help. Moving in a pain free range will promote healing. Because a contusion causes bleeding and swelling in the tissue, this early movement is key to overcoming this injury.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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