A hip pointer is the bruise that appears on the upper part of the hip. This particular part of the hip is known as the iliac crest. Besides the other major muscles of a body, the abdominal muscles are also attached to this area. A pointer is an injury that affects not only the tissues of the hip but also affects the main hip bone of.
The top curve of the pelvis area is called the iliac and injury in iliac area can cause a severe and excruciating pain. The major cause of hip pointer is usually a direct blow to the bone of the pelvis. Hip pointers is often seen in players who play hockey or football where a player’s helmet hits the pelvis of the other or they fall hitting hard while playing.
Though anyone can sustain a hip pointer, the football and hockey players are at a major risk of encountering this problem. For those who have accidently got hit in the pelvis area or have landed up injured from an accident can look out for these symptoms to suspect a hip pointer:
- Tenderness at the top area of the hip
- Severe pain
- Swelling and bruising of the hip
- Pain in the hip area while running, bending or jumping
- Limited motion of the hips
- Muscle spasms in the hip area
In some serious cases, the hit can even cause a fracture to the hip bone. While the treatment remains the same in both the cases of a fractured and a non-fractured hip pointer but a fractured hip-pointer can delay the healing process and the whole ordeal may become very painful.
The initial stage of treatment is a complete bed-rest and use of ice packs in the affected area. Reducing hip movements to the minimum will not only result in less pain but also will not cause any further damage to the bone. This will also accelerate the process of healing.
If you have just sustained a hip injury it might take 1 to 2 weeks to recover and you are also suggested to do some stretching exercises to avoid a stiff hip joint. You should aim to stretch the area of the hip with less pain. If the pain persists for more than two weeks then consult your doctor as this could be a sign of a very severe injury.
If you are a sports person then getting back on the field is vital. As a professional player it is important for you to assess the severity thus, consult a physician straightaway. To reduce the pain doctors prescribe ibuprofen and when the pain subsides, it is recommended that you start some motion exercises of the hip joint. Once the acute stage of swelling has passed, sports massage is sought for to let the fibers of the muscles loose and prevent any build-up of scarring tissues. Chiropractic care is often suggested to reduce and heal the pain felt during such hip injuries.
Though accidents cannot be avoided, still you can make these preparatory movements a part of your warm-ups to strengthen the hip area:
- Drop Step Skip
- Lateral squats
- Lateral Bound
- Forward Bound with Mini Bound
Thus, a combination of some preparatory movements, a little caution at the time of undergoing the treatment and some exercises safeguard and give you relief from hip pointers.