Hip bruises are common among athletes.
A hip bruise is a painful injury that can be treated in a number of ways. It is important to try to treat the bruise as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming a worse injury over time. Medications such as ice, heat, rest, and exercise can help the hip return to normal as quickly as possible, depending on the extent of the injury. In certain cases, professional help may be needed to determine if the injury is something more than a bruised hip. These injuries can be dangerous for the elderly and often occur during athletic activities.
Light exercise can help relieve hip bruising.
Immediately after the injury occurs, place ice on the injured hip for 15 minutes. Placing a towel under the ice pack can help prevent frostbite or excessive numbness in the area. The sooner ice is placed on the hip after the injury has occurred, the better, as the ice can help prevent the bruise from getting worse.
Once the injury has frozen, it is important that you give it time to rest, recover, and heal. This means no very physical activity until the injured hip feels normal again. Applying a padded bandage to the bruise can help prevent it from bumping, which can prevent it from healing properly. If the bruise is particularly painful, it may be necessary for the affected individual to spend some time recovering without much movement.
An injured hip may require medical attention.
Heat can be applied during rest time using a heating pad or hot water bottle. This doesn’t do much to heal the bruise, but it can temporarily relax the area and help relieve pain. As the injured hip begins to heal, do exercises to facilitate healing, such as lying on your back and gently pulling your knee toward your chest. Another exercise involves standing and pulling the knee with the injured hip towards the opposite side of the chest.
A hot water bottle, which can help with hip bruising.
If the bruise is causing excessive pain or is not healing properly, you may need to see a doctor about the wound. He will be able to determine if the bruise is something bigger. After the bruise has healed to the point where stretching exercises are not painful, the injured person can begin walking, running, or using light weights to help regain strength in the area. After the bruise has fully healed, he can return to normal activities, such as sports.