A hip pointer injury is a deep bruise caused by impact or trauma to your hip, or technically to the iliac crest of your pelvis. Hip pointer pain can be intense. Because the hip is so close to the surface of the body, there isn’t much padding in an impact situation – meaning the result can be deep bruising in both the bone and surrounding muscle. Hip bruises, and other bone bruises, are more severe than regular muscle bruises, and often take a long time to recover.
Mild to severe hip pointers are extremely common in all sports that involve full contact with others and/or their equipment or the potential for collisions, such as:
- martial arts
- ice hockey
- field hockey