What is a hip pointer?
A hip pointer refers to a contusion of the iliac crest that occurs most often in contact sports including rugby, football, and ice hockey and makes up approximately 11% of hip injuries. Physical exam reveals acute pain, swelling, and hematoma over the iliac crest that coincides with an impact with another player or a hard surface. Frequently, the athlete cannot walk. Treatment includes ice, analgesics, and a supervised stretching program with return to the sport when symptoms allow.