A hip pointer is the result of a contusion to the pelvis area that is caused due to a direct hit or a fall. Hip pointer is the result of a blow to the iliac crest, the hip bone or a bruise to the abdominal muscles (oblique and transverse abdominal muscles). The surrounding areas like the tensor fascia lata and the greater trochanter can also get affected.

Contact sports like basketball, soccer or football are a common cause of this injury. Severe injury like avulsion fracture might also occur where part of the bone has to be removed. Hip pointer is characterized by severe leg pain and hip pain. The cluneal nerve runs right along the iliac crest making this a debilitating injury and when you walk, cough or even laugh, the pain becomes unbearable.

A hip pointer injury is very painful and causes internal bleeding in the abdominal muscles that are attached to the iliac crest. At times the overlying muscles and the bones also get injured or bruised making the pain even more intense. Playing sports involving direct contact with teammates like martial arts, sports played on hard surfaces like volleyball or sports that involve crashes like skiing are the major causes of this injury. This is why athletes suffer from this injury more than anyone else.


Though these are the symptoms of hip pointer but if you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms then it might not be hip pointer. You should any way visit a doctor or a licensed chiropractor in order to ascertain the condition. Following are the most common symptoms of hip pointer:

  • Severe pain in the hip area
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Pain in doing regular activities
  • Bruising around the hip area
  • Muscles spasms
  • Soreness



If hip pointer occurs, the main focus should be on treating the pain and swelling.  When a person gets injured, you must immediately apply ice as this will help in decreasing the swelling and internal bleeding. Reduction in swelling will help in reducing the pain as well.

If a medical practitioner is available, injections of anesthetics like lidocaine or bupivacaine can give relief from the pain. Some suggest corticosteroid injection but there is no evidence in supporting the usage of this injection. If the problem develops into greater trochanteric bursitis then this injection can provide relieve. An experienced Wesley Chapel Chiropractor can also help in reducing the pain, swelling and discomfort caused by hip pointer.

To get quick and effective relief from hip pointer, resting, applying ice and using anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen is suggested. But rehabilitation is very important in these cases. In fact, most athletes need proper rehab to recover completely from this problem. Needle aspiration or draining can improve the symptoms and also decreases the recovery time. If proper care is taken and treatment is applied, complete recovery from hip pointer with full functionality of the affected areas is definitely possible. Just do not forget to see a doctor as fast as possible.