Hip Pointers



Hip pointers are caused by a direct blow to the bony part of the pelvis. This can happen when the pelvis comes in contact with a hard object, such as a helmet. It can also happen from a hard fall onto the hip.

Risk Factors

Hip pointers are more common in people who play contact sports, such as football and hockey. They are also more common in people who play basketball and soccer.



Problems may be:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Pain with activity
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Muscle spasms
  • Limited motion


The doctor will ask about symptoms and past health. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the hip.

Pictures may be taken of the hip. This can be done with:

  • X-rays
  • MRI scan



The goal of treatment is to ease pain and promote healing. Options are:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Medicines to ease pain and swelling
  • Crutches to keep weight off of the leg
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles


Hip pointers are caused by a direct blow or fall. These can be hard to prevent. The risk may be lowered by:

  • Wearing proper padding and safety equipment during sports
  • Avoiding activities that may result in falls

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.