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Is it possible to have a severe bone bruise of the tibia cause compartment syndrome in the lower thigh of the same leg.

Is it possible to have a severe bone bruise of the tibia cause compartment syndrome in the lower thigh of the same leg.

Compartment syndrome: Is not likely to move up to the thigh from the lower leg. The fascia of the muscles of the legs and arms is so tight that it doesn't allow for expansion in the crushed muscle so the swelling leads to pain and damage to additional muscle and can result in loss of the limb in extreme cases. Have it checked in an emergency room...Special equipment to measure increase in pressure in the muscle. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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I have a malformation on the front of my leg. I have severe pain and bruising near the calf. Exercise makes it worse and so does squeezing it. If I get the test and the test is negative and the doctor still thinks I have compartment syndrome what would he

I have a malformation on the front of my leg. I have severe pain and bruising near the calf. Exercise makes it worse and so does squeezing it. If I get the test and the test is negative and the doctor still thinks I have compartment syndrome what would he

Av malformations: Sounds like you have vascular malformation. These are variable. Come in all sizes and locations. Compartment syndrome is possible if in your leg. Okay to wait for test results. Take family member to next visit. You might be surprised at results/recommendations. Staged endovascular coils, laser, compression, surgery are possibilities. Ask questions. 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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I had a deep knee bone injury 7 weeks ago the injury my leg went pale and numb and tingly my limbs feel weak now I am ill cold is compartment syndrome?

I had a deep knee bone injury 7 weeks ago the injury my leg went pale and numb and tingly my limbs feel weak now I am ill cold is compartment syndrome?

Probably not: Compartment syndrome usually occurs the first several days after an injury due to swelling. The other symptoms are severe pain, numbness, paralysis and loss of circulation. You should be evaluated by an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I have a vein malformation on the front of my leg. I have no pain there. I have pain in the calf. There are severe bruising. I have severe pain and tingling and numbness. Is it compartment syndrome? What if the pressure it eat is negative but the doctor

I have a vein malformation on the front of my leg. I have no pain there. I have pain in the calf. There are severe bruising. I have severe pain and tingling and numbness. Is it compartment syndrome? What if the pressure it eat is negative but the doctor

Look for dvt: Compartment syndrome would be unlikely without trauma. The most likely thing that is very serious would be a deep vein thrombosis this could be further evaluated with ultrasound. You should make an appt to see your doctor to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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Are 'shin splints' a type of compartment syndrome?

Some things close: Shin splints" is not a specific diagnosis. It is merely a descriptive term that describes chronic exertional shin pain in an athlete. The evidence seems clear that shin splint pain has many different causes and this reflects the variation in the anatomy. ...Read more

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Slight discoloration (bruising) and cramping in my feet. Is it possible to have compartment syndrome?

Slight discoloration (bruising) and cramping in my feet. Is it possible to have compartment syndrome?

Compartment syndrome: Usually not a chronic problem. Associated with trauma or a deep vein thrombosis. Should go to emergency room if concerned. ...Read more

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I've got really bad shin splints/exertional compartment syndrome. Help?

I've got really bad shin splints/exertional compartment syndrome. Help?

See your foot doc: You need to walk in orthotics 1st, and they may need be custom ones that a podiatrist could make/ order for you. ...Read more

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If have shin splints and compartment syndrome, what cardio can I do that won't aggravate them?

If have shin splints and compartment syndrome, what cardio can I do that won't aggravate them?

Swimming: Non impact activities which use large muscle groups will give you both cardio and shouldn't aggravate shin splints. Exertional compartment syndrome tends to get worse w activities like running. Some people even elect to get compartment releases to alleviate the symptoms so they can run. ...Read more

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Been told I have exercise-induced compartment syndrome, had it for 5 years is there anything I can do to make it better and stop the pain in my shins?

Been told I have exercise-induced compartment syndrome, had it for 5 years is there anything I can do to make it better and stop the pain in my shins?

Bicycle: Exertional compartment syndrome is caused by increased pressure during exercise in the compartments of the lower leg induced by swelling/edema of the exercising muscles. If you can reduce the volume of the compartments, you can reduce the problem. Bicycling specifically targets the lower legs and slims them down. Put in 30-40 min. 4-5 days a week on a exercise bike...It works. ...Read more

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During foot reconstruction for foot compartment syndrome damage, cut plantar fascia off my heel bone. Will it scar back to heel or remain floating?

During foot reconstruction for foot compartment syndrome damage, cut plantar fascia off my heel bone. Will it scar back to heel or remain floating?

It Will Scar down: The ligament will grow and attach in an elongated status. Massage frequently during the first 8 weeks to minimize scar fibrosis, scaring and use an arch support or orthotic to decrease stress on this plantar fascial ligament. ...Read more

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Hi guys still concerned about compartment syndrome legs and arms still cold breathing is still disrupted pressure under knee bone and burning pain?

Compartment symdrome: Compartment syndrome is a medical emergency. It is seen in trauma of limbs and after fracture of a bone. If this is a consideration you should go to an emergency room immediately for proper care. ...Read more

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Compartment syndrome I am still convinced I have this when I put the back of leg by my knee on my chair in the lounge at home my limbs feel warm again?

CS not likely: Compartment syndrome (cs) is either traumatic or exercise induced. There is no described cs that involves the position of your leg when seated. It is possible to have vascular or neurologic changes that explain the symptoms described. However, compartment syndrome seems very unlikely. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have compartment syndrome in back and sides of leg near the ankle?

Is it possible to have compartment syndrome in back and sides of leg near the ankle?

Yes: Depending of the level of injury you may have compartment syndrome posterior (back) medial (inside) or lateral (outside) of your leg. ...Read more

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Does exertional compartment syndrome of the ant/lat comp's cause scar tissue to develop in the lower leg over time?

Does exertional compartment syndrome of the ant/lat comp's cause scar tissue to develop in the lower leg over time?

Compartment Syndrome: Exercise-induced compartment syndrome is due to a pressure build-up within the muscles of the leg. Muscles are enclosed within a tight tissue called a fascia. This fascia wraps around and contains the muscle. Normally, the fascia has enough extra room within to allow the muscle to function without problem. During exercise this room may be reduced causing symptoms. Does not cause scarring. ...Read more

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What are the indications of lower leg compartment syndrome on T1 AX/T2 AX FAT SAT MRI? White outline seems to be very thin on one side.

What are the indications of lower leg compartment syndrome on T1 AX/T2 AX FAT SAT MRI? White outline seems to be very thin on one side.

Probably not: A great idea to interpret an MRI without any training based on a 400 word or less response. Compartment syndrome is a clinical diagnosis, but supportive MRI findings would include edema (bright on T2W) involving the musculature and deep soft tissues. Best to speak with your doctor about the results. ...Read more

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Foot became cavus over last month. Dx:compartment syndrome leg/foot & ext. Retinaculum tears. How stop deformity worsening til busy surgeon operates?

Foot became cavus over last month. Dx:compartment syndrome leg/foot & ext. Retinaculum tears. How stop deformity worsening til busy surgeon operates?

Footwear: I would suggest excellent footear and OTC orthotics until seen and surgically evaluated.- deformity is a bone issue and needs surgical corrections. Try good sports shoes until surgery is performed. ...Read more

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Is it true that quick fatigue/cramping of a muscle in the leg compared to the other leg is a symptom of compartment syndrome?

Is it true that quick fatigue/cramping of a muscle in the leg compared to the other leg is a symptom of compartment syndrome?

Maybe: Exertional compartment syndrome is characterized by reproducible aching in calf often associated with foot tingling or numbness when exercising due to swelling of the muscle in the confined area the nerves and blood vessels go thru

Measuring the pressure with a needle before and after exercise makes the diagnosis


Surgery fixes it ...Read more

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When dorsiflex both feet 20 times anterior tibialis on left leg becomes tight in a minute and remains tight for hours. Might be compartment syndrome?

When dorsiflex both feet 20 times anterior tibialis on left leg becomes tight in a minute and remains tight for hours. Might be compartment syndrome?

With compartment: Syndrome, you will also tend to have numbness and tingling into your foot. Also it is very painful. You may have a muscle problem on left side, best to have it evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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What is chronic exertional compartment syndrome? I have lower leg pain from 8 months, MRI reports of ls spine and knee are normal, what is the problem?

What is chronic exertional compartment syndrome? I have lower leg pain from 8 months, MRI reports of ls spine and knee are normal, what is the problem?

Let me explain: Tissue sleeve around muscles in front of leg too tight to alow adequate oxygen delivery to muscles at desired activity level producing ischemic pain of muscles in front of classically seen in military or forced march not diagnosised by me without pre and post exercise compartment pressure measurements your back is normal by MRI leave it alone. This can always be treated by activity modification. ...Read more

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What does compartment syndrome of the leg feel like?

What does compartment syndrome of the leg feel like?

Surgical emergency: True compartment syndrome is a medical emergency! It is usually exquisitely tender, noted after a traumatic injury to an arm or leg. The affected area is very tense and firm, with absent pulses.
If there is concerned for compartment syndrome, you should be seen immediately by a doctor ...Read more

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I am having surgery on my leg for compartment syndrome. How long is the surgery? I'm having surgery on the deep posterior and anterior compartments.

I am having surgery on my leg for compartment syndrome. How long is the surgery? I'm having surgery on the deep posterior and anterior compartments.

Due to exercise: Pressure built up after exercise, usually ant comp. Is released, o r time will be brief and quick recovery with in 6 wks, one other hand trauma related, or post vascular surgery related diagnosis may be delayed, need more extensive extensive, surgery, wound will take long time to heal may take months to heal. ...Read more

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Are there 6 or 4 compartments in the lower leg? And has anyone heard of isolated posterior tibialis compartment syndrome?

4: There are 4 compartments (anterior, lateral, superficial and deep posterior). Theoretically it's possible to have only one with increased pressure. ...Read more

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Is it typical to check for compartment syndrome when a muscle hernia is found in the leg?

Is it typical to check for compartment syndrome when a muscle hernia is found in the leg?

Compartment syndrome: Compartment syndrome is typically an emergency, associated with trauma, fracture, pain and swelling in the limb. A pressure monitor device can be used to measure compartment pressures when in doubt. It required a needle inserted into your leg in several locations. Done in emergency room or hospital. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Compartment Syndrome (Definition)

A painful and dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from internal bleeding ...Read more