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Hip Contusion


A hip contusion is a bruise that appears on the skin of your hip after an injury. The injury is caused by a fall, being hit with a large object, or kicked. A bruise happens when small blood vessels tear but the skin does not. When blood vessels tear, blood leaks into nearby tissue, such as soft tissue or muscle.


Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have severe pain in your hip.
  • You have numbness in your leg or toes.
  • You cannot put any weight on or move your hip.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your pain does not decrease, even after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions. Do not give these medicines to children under 6 months of age without direction from your child's healthcare provider.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return within a week to recheck your injury. Write down any questions you have so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Rest your injured hip so that it can heal. You may need to avoid putting any weight on your hip for at least 48 hours. Return to normal activities as directed.
  • Ice the injury for 20 minutes every 4 hours, or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel to protect your skin. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
  • Compress your injury with an elastic bandage to reduce swelling. Ask your healthcare provider how to use an elastic bandage and how tight it should be.
  • Elevate your injured hip above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. If possible, prop your hip and leg on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated comfortably.

Help your hip contusion heal:

  • Do not massage or use heat. Heat and massage may slow healing of the area.
  • Do not stretch injured muscles. Ask your healthcare provider when and how you may safely stretch after your injury.
  • Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol may slow healing of your injury.

Prevent another contusion:

  • Stretch and warm up before you play sports or exercise.
  • Wear protective gear when you play sports.
  • If you begin a new physical activity, start slowly to give your body a chance to adjust.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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