Iliac Crest Contusion

An iliac crest contusion is a deep bruise of your hip bone (hip pointer). Contusions happen when an injury causes bleeding under the skin. Signs of bruising include pain, puffiness (swelling), and discolored skin. The contusion may turn blue, purple, or yellow.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Keep your leg straight (extended) when possible.

  • Walk and move around as pain allows, or as told by your doctor. Use crutches if you are told to do so.

  • Put on an elastic wrap as told by your doctor. You can take it off for sleeping, showers, and baths.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more bruising or puffiness.

  • You have pain that is getting worse.

  • Your puffiness or pain is not helped by medicines.

  • Your toes get cold.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.