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Hip Pointer Specialist

Sportspersons like football, rugby, volleyball or basketball players and those involved in cycling or skating are at a higher risk of hip pointer condition that can happen due to sudden blow or hit on the hip. Hip pointer specialist, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized non-surgical and surgical management for hip pointer in Minneapolis. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!

The hip joint consists of the femur (thighbone) and pelvic bone, which is made up of the fusion of three bones – the ischium, pubis, and ilium. The femur has two boney prominences close to the hip joint – the greater and lesser trochanters. Hip pointer is an injury or bruise to the iliac crest (curved upper border of the ilium) or greater trochanter, or the surrounding muscles or tissues.

Causes of Hip Pointer

This type of injury is mainly caused due to a sudden blow or hit on the hip, which can occur from sports activities such as football, rugby, volleyball, basketball, cycling or skating.

When a hip pointer condition is suspected, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is a hip pointer specialist who provides detailed examination and care for patients with hip pointer condition in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.

Symptoms of Hip Pointer

The main symptoms of a hip pointer include:

  • Bruising and swelling at the injured area
  • Severe pain and tenderness during movement
  • Difficulty in movement of the hip joint
  • Weakness of the hip and legs

Diagnosis of Hip Pointer

The diagnosis of hip pointer condition is based on a thorough physical examination of your hip joint performed by Dr. Okoroha. Imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI can also be performed to confirm the diagnosis and determine the exact position of the injury.

Treatments for Hip Pointer

After careful review of your history and examination, Dr. Okoroha will provide an individualized treatment plan to help you return to your normal function.

A hip pointer can be treated with rest, applying ice packs immediately after the injury to reduce pain and inflammation, bandages to reduce the swelling, and by elevating your hip over a pillow. Dr. Okoroha may prescribe NSAIDs to help with the pain and inflammation. You may return to sports slowly after complete healing.

If you have experienced a hip pointer, please contact Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, orthopedic hip specialist treating patients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.