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Injury to a bone, muscle, joint or ligament of the hip and upper thigh
Types of Injuries
Fractures (broken bones)
Dislocations (bone out of joint)
Sprains - Stretches and tears of ligaments
Strains - Stretches and tears of muscles (pulled muscle)
Contusion (bruise) - A direct blow or crushing injury resulting in bruising of the skin, muscle, and underlying bone
ANIMAL BITE to hip area
BURNS of hip area
PUNCTURE WOUND to hip area
SKIN INJURY is main concern
FIRST AID Advice for Bleeding: Apply direct pressure to the entire wound with a clean cloth.
FIRST AID Advice for Penetrating Object: If penetrating object still in place, don't remove it (Reason: removal could increase bleeding).
FIRST AID Advice for Shock: Lie down with feet elevated.
Major bleeding (actively bleeding or spurting) that can't be stopped
Injury looks like a dislocated joint (crooked or deformed)
You can't stand (bear weight) or walk
Note: For bleeding, see First Aid
You think you have a serious injury
You think you need to be seen
There is a large swelling or bruise (wider than 2 inches) at the site of the injury
You are limping
You are over age 54, have osteoporosis, or use steroid medications routinely
You have other questions or concerns
Injury interferes with work or school
Injury and pain have not improved after 3 days
Injury is still painful and swollen after 2 weeks
Minor strained (pulled) muscle or sprained (stretched) ligament
Treatment of Bruise (e.g., direct blow to hip area):
Apply a cold pack or an ice bag (wrapped in a towel) for 20 minutes each hour for 4 consecutive hours. (20 minutes of cold followed by 40 minutes of rest for 4 hours in a row).
48 hours after the injury, use local heat for 10 minutes 3 times each day to help reabsorb the blood.
Rest the injured part as much as possible for 48 hours.
Treatment of Sprains and Strains of Hip and Upper Thigh:
FIRST AID - Apply an ice pack (crushed ice in a plastic bag covered with a towel) to reduce bleeding, swelling, and pain.
REST the injured leg for 24 hours. You may return to normal activity after 24 hours of rest if the activity does not cause pain.
Continue to apply crushed ICE packs for 10-20 minutes every hour for the first 4 hours. Then apply ice for 10-20 minutes 4 times a day for the first two days.
Keep injured leg ELEVATED and at rest for 24 hours. Put your leg up on a pillow and stay off your feet as much as possible.
For pain relief, take acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol):
Take 650 mg by mouth every 4-6 hours. Each Regular Strength Tylenol pill has 325 mg of acetaminophen.
Another choice is to take 1,000 mg every 8 hours. Each Extra Strength Tylenol pill has 500 mg of acetaminophen.
The most you should take each day is 3,000 mg.
Ibuprofen (e.g., Motrin, Advil):
Take 400 mg by mouth every 6 hours.
Another choice is to take 600 mg by mouth every 8 hours.
Use the lowest amount that makes your pain feel better.
Naproxen (e.g., Aleve):
Take 250-500 mg by mouth every 12 hours.
Acetaminophen is thought to be safer than ibuprofen or naproxen in people over 65 years old. Acetaminophen is in many OTC and prescription medicines. It might be in more than one medicine that you are taking. You need to be careful and not take an overdose. An acetaminophen overdose can hurt the liver.
Caution: Do not take acetaminophen if you have liver disease.
Caution: Do not take ibuprofen or naproxen if you have stomach problems, kidney disease, are pregnant, or have been told by your doctor to avoid this type of medicine. Do not take ibuprofen or naproxen for more than 7 days without consulting your doctor.
Before taking any medicine, read all the instructions on the package
Expected Course: Pain and swelling usually begin to improve 2 or 3 days after an injury. Swelling is usually gone in 7 days. Pain may take 2 weeks to completely resolve.
Call Your Doctor If:
Pain becomes severe
Pain does not improve after 3 days
Pain or swelling lasts more than 2 weeks
You become worse
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