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A hip pointer is the name given to a contusion to the iliac crest, greater trochanter of the femur or surrounding soft-tissue structures. It is most commonly caused by a direct blow or fall to the hip. Hip pointer injuries are commonly seen in contact sports such as football and hockey but can also occur in any sports that may result in a fall onto the hip or side.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Sudden onset of hip or iliac pain following a trauma.
  • Localised pain over contusion site which is aggravated by any form of activity.
  • Decreased hip mobility and altered gait pattern due to injury.