The hip is a very sturdy joint which is a ball and socket joint. It is strong because of the bone formation and is strengthened by ligaments. The hip absorbs shock during the playing of sport or during falls. The hip enables us to balance on one leg whilst at the same time the other leg can move freely. It is very rarely seriously damaged in sport, even gymnasts and horse riders that fall seem to escape hip injury, although they probably end up with a different injury!
A bruised hip bone or hip pointer is a bruise to the pelvic bone at the front of the hip which you can easily feel with your fingers. It's often the bit that gets knocked when rushing through a door!
The cause of hip injuries are usually from a fall or a severe knock, from for example a hockey stick.
Pain in the hip.The thigh will not move forward and the injured area may swell and feel tender.
To ease the pain apply ice to the affected area for about 15 minutes but not directly to the skin. Use a thin towel to protect the skin from ice burn. Before returning to sport the hip should have normal hip function and no discomfort in the thigh.
A protective pad should be worn to absorb any further impact when resuming sport.
If there is no discomfort after these exercises jogging for short distances can be started, striding sideways and hopping sideways. When this is managed without discomfort you should be fit to resume your sport.
Always consult your Doctor before performing any exercise or treatment. All information on the common sports injuries web site is provided as general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any sports injury.