Hip Bruise

Woman holding ice pack on hip.

A bruise (contusion) happens when small blood vessels break open and leak blood into the nearby area. A hip bruise can result from a bump, hit, or fall. Symptoms of a bruise often include changes in skin color (bruising), swelling, and pain. It may take several hours for a deep bruise to show up. If the injury is severe, you may need an X-ray to check for broken bones. Swelling should decrease in a few days. Bruising and pain may take several weeks to go away.

Home care

  • Unless another medicine was prescribed, you may take acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen to help relieve pain and swelling. If needed, stronger pain medicines may be prescribed. Take all medicines as directed.

  • Ice the bruised area to help reduce pain and swelling. Wrap an ice pack or ice cubes in a plastic bag in a thin towel. Apply the cold pack to the bruised area for 20 minutes every 1 to 2 hours the first day. Continue this 3 to 4 times a day until the pain and swelling goes away.

  • If walking causes pain, use crutches or a walker until you can walk without pain. These items can be rented at most drugstores and medical or orthopedic supply stores.

  • If your injury is keeping you from moving around or caring for yourself correctly, you may qualify for services such as home healthcare. Check with your doctor and insurance company to see if this type of care is covered.


Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised.

When to seek medical advice 

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:

  • Increased pain, bruising, or swelling near the injured area

  • Decreased ability to bear weight on the injured side

  • Pain or swelling develops below the knee

  • Chest pain or shortness of breath

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