A hip pointer is a bruise or muscle tear over the pelvic bone, usually caused by a direct blow. The crest of the hip is the location of several muscle tendon attachment sites, and any direct knock may result in a significant soft tissue injury.
Falling on your hip or sliding in for a tackle or ball can lead to a hip pointer. It can be a severe problem and it must be appropriately treated as the injury limits an athlete’s movement, hampering the ability to run, cut, and kick.
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Symptoms include pain in the region of the crest of the hip, with the area feeling tender. Difficulty moving the thigh forward or to the side, along with possible swelling and discolouration are also signs.
Immediate care of the injury includes plenty of rest, ice and protection. A visit to the doctor is a good idea in order to rule out a more serious injury. Treatment from a physiotherapist is important as rehab exercises will increase the athlete’s range of motion.
Returning to the pitch depends on the severity of the injury, but the athlete should not return until he or she has their normal strength, motion and flexibility, along with the OK from their doctor. Upon return, wearing a protective pad can reduce the risk of reinjury.
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