A hip pointer is an injury to the pelvis caused by a direct blow to the bone, often seen in contact sports such as football. A hip pointer is an injury is to the iliac crest, the bony prominence that can be felt along the waist line. When someone sustains a hip pointer injury, the bone and overlying muscle can be bruised.
In more serious cases of hip pointer, the hit can be so severe that a fracture of the bone results. While the treatment may not change, a fracture will likely cause a delay in healing and more painful symptoms.
Hip Pointer Treatment
Treatment of a hip pointer is best accomplished with rest. Ice applications and anti-inflammatory medication will also help, but only time will heal the injury. X-rays of the pelvis may be obtained if a fracture is suspected.