Hip Pointer Follow-up
- Author: John M Martinez, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD more...
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Patients with hip pointer injuries may return to play once pain and swelling allow return to normal or near-normal function. Padding over the affected area may help protect the area from reinjury.
Complications include hematoma formation, which may lead to myositis ossificans and scar-tissue formation. Additionally, inflammation and continued pain may result in chronic bursitis.
Prevention of hip pointers may be difficult, but extra padding and protection over the iliac crest in football and hockey players may decrease the frequency and severity of injury.
The prognosis is usually very good, and the athlete with a hip pointer injury can usually return to normal participation in 1-3 weeks, depending upon the extent of the injury.
Education should include an explanation of the injury and advice on treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of future hip pointer injuries.
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