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How do I know if I have compartment syndrome?

How do I know if I have compartment syndrome?

Compartment syndrome: The hallmark signs of acute/early compartment syndrome are: -pain out of proportion to the injury -firmness of the muscle compartment -pain with squeezing of the compartment -pain with passive stretch of the muscles in the compartment -decreased sensation this is a surgical emergency and without emergent decompression can cause loss of limb function. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Compartment Syndrome (Definition)

In short the pressure in a muscular compartment increases due to swelling or bleeding which prevents the normal blood flow from returning to the heart you will initially get some numbness and tingling then severe pain and possibly permanent damage to the ...Read more


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How to know if I have compartment syndrome?

How to know if I have compartment syndrome?

Compartment syndrome: The only reliable test is a Stryker device inserted into the compartment to measure intercompartmental pressure. The symptoms usually include pain, pallor, pulselessness, paraesthesias and paresis/paralysis and may need surgical decompression via fasciotomy. Done to preserve function by re-establishing blood flow and preventing muscle/nerve destruction. Obviously a potentially serious state. ...Read more

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Will it help if i lose weight if I have compartment syndrome in my calves?

Will it help if i  lose weight if I have compartment syndrome in my calves?

Depends: For a normal weight individual, no. If you are significantly overweight or morbidly obese, yes. Losing weight decrease stress and pressure in the lower extremity. Tissue edema also improves, especially if heart disease and high blood pressure are better controlled or improved with the weight loss. ...Read more

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I have compartment syndrome. I need surgery. What's the recovery like? Cast after? Crutches? When do you fully recover? How long? Thanks

I have compartment syndrome. I need surgery. What's the recovery like? Cast after? Crutches? When do you fully recover? How long? Thanks

Prolonged recovery: You did not mention where , most common is leg , was done to releases the the pressure and prevent damage to nerves and muscles.Most of the times procedure is brief, recovery is not instant even with minimum damage , full recovery takes months, may need additional surgery skin graft rehab etc most will recover some will never regain full function will not be in sports and has to accept out come. ...Read more

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I have compartment syndrome i'm having surgery the anterior and deep posterior compartments. How long are you in surgery for?( like hours on the operating table? ) are you pain free after surgery? What is the recovery like? Thanks in advance

I have compartment syndrome i'm having  surgery the anterior and deep posterior compartments. How long are you in surgery for?( like hours on the operating table? ) are you pain free after surgery? What is the recovery like? Thanks in advance

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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If i play softball and I have compartment syndrome what should I do to prevent having surgery?

See below: First of all confirm that you have a cs by c. Pressure studies (post exercise even). From the sound of it, you might have a chronic comp. Syndrome. If that's the case then it might help to gradually increase your physical activities. This may probably prevent having surgery. If you have cs at this young age, the surgical option might be a good one, for longterm results, though. ...Read more

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I have compartment syndrome and i was wondering how long the surgery is!? What is the recovery like? Do you have a cast after surgery? Sports?

I have compartment syndrome and i was wondering how long the surgery is!? What is the recovery like? Do you have a cast after surgery? Sports?

Prolonged recovery: You did not mention where , most common is leg , was done to releases the the pressure and prevent damage to nerves and muscles.Most of the times procedure is brief, recovery is not instant even with minimum damage , full recovery takes months, may need additional surgery skin graft rehab etc most will recover some will never regain full function will not be in sports and has to accept out come. ...Read more

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I have compartment syndrome. I'm getting surgery and I have a couple questions. How long are you in the operating room?( hours). I'm having it on one leg and on the anterior and deep posterior compartments. What is the recovery like? Thanks in advance

I have compartment syndrome. I'm getting surgery and I have a couple questions. How long are you in the operating room?( hours). I'm having it on one leg and on the anterior and deep posterior compartments. What is the recovery like? Thanks in advance

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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I have compartment syndrome in both my legs and arms. My doctors can not seem to figure out the cause. Is there underlying causes to this syndrome?

Not likely: It is very doubtful that you have compartment syndrome, as this does not affect the legs and arms simultaneously. Exercise induced compartment syndrome involves the legs in athletes, during running. If you have swelling in your arms and legs, you probably have some other generalized condition and should see a doctor about this. ...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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