Hip Pointer Injury
A hip pointer injury is an extremely painful acute injury, usually resulting from a direct blow to the hip. This injury will cause damage and bruising (a contusion) to the iliac crest (hip bone of the pelvis), surrounding muscles (i.e. abdominal, hip abductors, hip flexors, hip rotators), and even the greater trochanter at the top of the femur.
The damage usually results in bleeding internally into the surrounding muscles which can cause swelling in the muscles and intense pain during simple leg movements. It is uncommon, but in the case of a severe blow to the hip an avulsion fracture to the iliac crest may occur as well. An avulsion fracture is a tiny piece of bone pulling away from the iliac crest by the muscle.
This injury usually occurs in contact sports such as football (direct helmet hit to the hip), hockey (hit into the boards) or soccer (goal tender diving), but can result from a hard fall. Wearing hip padding will reduce the risk of a hip pointer injury or minimize the severity if a hip pointer injury occurs.
Symptoms of Hip Pointer Injury
If you have a hip pointer injury you may experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Acute pain, bruising and swelling along the iliac crest in the area of the injury
- Tenderness and pain at the front and side of the hip
- Internal bleeding at the front and side of the hip which may extend into the abdominals and gluteus medius and minimus (hip abductor muscles)
- Loss of muscle strength in the hip abductors if these muscles are injured
- Pain when breathing deeply, sneezing, coughing or laughing
- Limited range of motion in the hip joint
Hip Pointer Injury Diagnosis
A full examination by a doctor should be done to check for damage to the organs in the abdominal area.
An x-ray may be taken to rule out a fracture and an MRI to see the soft tissue in your hip and abdomen. This will give your doctor a clear picture of the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the area, and will allow him or her to look for any internal bleeding.
Treating a Hip Pointer Injury
Treating a hip pointer injury usually only requires non-invasion, conservative measures. Begin with cold compression therapy for the first 72 hours following the injury and when any further irriation occurs. Using cold compression therapy not only reduces pain and swelling, it also minimizes tissue damage that occurs if swelling remains in the area. With less tissue damage, less healing will be required.
Treating your hip pointer injury with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™, (BFST®), is the most natural way to speed healing of your injured muscles. BFST® enhances your body's own healing process by simply increasing the amount of blood that flows to your hip to improve the health of all the tissue in the joint by delivering an abundance of nutrients to the area.
Freezie Wrap® Cold Compression Therapy
To decrease swelling, inflammation and relieve the pain of a hip pointer injury, doctor's recommend cold compression therapy. Using the Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® within the first 72 hours of an injury to your hip and iliac crest is an effective way to relieve pain and swelling while limiting the amount of damage done to your tissue. In addition, cold compression therapy can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs that can be harmful to your body.
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need to treat your hip joint and surrounding tissue in an effective and convenient way.
Cold compression therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygen and nutrients to your hip, leg and abdominal muscles and tissue cells begin to break-down.
Without cold compression therapy, cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your tissue, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal your hip and leg muscles faster and with less pain!
The deep cooling effect provided by the Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® reduces tissue damage. Furthermore, because cold compression gently numbs the nerves, the wraps also reduce pain!
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® uses a supercharged cooling gel pack, that chills in the fridge, not in the freezer like ice or other freezer packs, giving you deep cold therapy without the risk of 'cold burns' or cryoburn. The medical-grade wrap delivers cold right where you need it.
Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
Stimulating blood flow is necessary when you have an injury. This is because your regular blood flow is reduced as you rest your hip and from swelling in the area. Reduced blood flow limits your body's ability to heal itself.
By treating your hip joint with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to the hip and increase your body's natural healing power.
An Inferno Wrap® is the tool you need to treat your sore hip because it speeds healing and relaxes the surrounding muscles. With BFST®, tissues are safely and gently stimulated. Your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to the area, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to injured tissue cells to promote healing. The Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® from MendMeShop® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects. And it's so versatile, you can use in on your leg to treat your injured muscles as well.
In addition, the improved blood flow helps reduce the risk of atrophy (muscle weakness and/or deterioration) in your muscles. When you stop moving your leg and hip due to pain, your muscles and other tissue can become weaker and dead cells and toxins in the area can cause further tissue deterioration - this can lead to atrophy in your quadriceps, hamstrings and other leg muscles. By clearing the area of toxins and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and other tissue, the risk of atrophy is greatly reduced. Keeping your upper leg and hip joint tissue as healthy as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to improve hip strength again once your pain has gone and your hip pointer injury has healed.
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