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Whats compartment syndrome?

Whats compartment syndrome?

CS: It is a very severe and serious condition that can result in nerve and muscle damage if not treated. It results from pressure on those tissues, often from fracture, crush injury or lack of blood flow to the tissue. ...Read more

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Compartment Syndrome (Definition)

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


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What is compartment syndrome?

Elevated pressure : Our limbs have compartments within which nerves, vessels and muscles are housed. After an injury, bleeding within a compartment can increase the pressure and compress all structures. Nerves are the first to be compromised and damage can be irreversible. It's an emergency and the compartment(s) have to be released asap, preferably within hours of injury. ...Read more

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Is compartment syndrome really bad?

Is compartment syndrome really bad?

Yes: Compartment syndrome can causes ischemia, or lack of adequate blood flow to all of the contents in the affected compartment. It can cause permanent damage to nerves, muscles, skin, etc. ...Read more

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Whats chronic compartment syndrome?

Whats chronic compartment syndrome?

Same as exertional: Chronic compartment syndrome is the same as exertional compartment syndrome. It is when the pressure from the muscle compartment in the shin is high. It causes pain in the front of the shin after activity or exercise and it typically is relieved after rest. Some patients report numbness and tingling to the front of the foot as well. It can be experienced in any kind of sport that involves running. ...Read more

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Hows a compartment syndrome diagnosed?

Hows a compartment syndrome diagnosed?

Measure pressure: Facial planes in the extremities limit the spread of swelling to separate compartments. If the pressure becomes excessive the function of nerves and blood vessels in the compartment will dysfunction which may result in specific symptoms and signs. The diagnosis and the need for surgery can be determined by direct pressure measurement. ...Read more

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What makes compartment syndrome unique?

Pain: It is a very severe and serious condition that can result in nerve and muscle damage if not treated. It is the degree of pain that is unique. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about compartment syndrome?

Swelling causes ...,: Increased pressure in a compartment( of the leg , for example) from trauma , surgery, fracture, etc. W/ resultant swelling, bleeding may lead to impairment of blood flow to the extremity. Acute compartment syndrome is a surgical emergency requiring fascial compt.Release.Early symptoms can be non-specific( numbness, inc.Pain).If there is any suspicion of acs compt.Pressures should be measured. ...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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Can you tell me what is compartment syndrome?

Compartment syndrome: The muscle groups of the arms and legs are divided into sections, or compartments, formed by tough fascial membranes. Compartment syndrome occurs when increased pressure within a compartment compromises the delivery of blood and function of the tissues within that space. It can occur following acute trauma, or chronically, as seen in athletes. Acute compartment syndrome is a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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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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Is compartment syndrome considered hereditary?

No: There is no hereditary basis. It is an acquired problem. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of compartment syndrome?

Compartment: Initially, significant pain and swelling within a confined muscle group. May have paleness, numbness, diminished pulse, less contractile muscle. Later may have atrophy & contractures with weakness. ...Read more

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How is compartment syndrome diagnosed in kids?

Same as adults: History of injury, symptoms, clinical exam and intracompartment pressure measurements. This is the same for children and adults. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is compartment syndrome?

Serious: Compartment syndrome is related to the pressures inside muscle groups, generally in the limbs. These muscles are grouped into large segments, and if the pressures inside them go up, it can cut off the venous or arterial blood flow, thus causing necrosis of the tissues. ...Read more

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What is compartment syndrome and is it common?

Can be serious: It is a very severe and serious condition that can result in nerve and muscle damage if not treated. It results from pressure on those tissues, often from fracture or crush injury. It is not at all uncommon from trauma and following emergency vascular surgery on the legs. ...Read more

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Can runners get anterior compartment syndrome?

Can runners get anterior compartment syndrome?

Yes: Compartment syndrome is an uncommon complication of running. However, it does happen in runners due to stress is placed on the muscles of the leg. If you develop pain that does not get better, or you start to experience the nerve changes (numbness, tingling, or weakness) see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Where can I get tested for compartment syndrome?

Where can I get tested for compartment syndrome?

Sports medicine doc: You are likely referring to exertional compartment syndrome. You need to find an orthopaedic surgeon who can diagnosis this problem. There is a special instrument which can be used to measure the pressure in the compartment. It involved placing a needle into the compartment to determine the pressure. ...Read more

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Do you have information on compartment syndrome?

2 kinds: Compartment syndrome can occur in legs or arms and often requires opening of the facial layer (tough material around muscles to reduce pressure in muscles before permanent damage occurs. Abdominal compartment syndrome is when pressure in abdomen is high and organs start malfunction. Opening the abdomen is sometimes the only treatment and can be life-saving. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have compartment syndrome ?

How do you know if you have compartment syndrome ?

Pain: Compartment syndrome produces extreme dibiltating pain in the leg associated with swelling. If it progresses it will cause loss of blood supply and possible permanent nerve injury. It is always an emergency situation and requires immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Is it true that compartment syndrome is hereditary?

No: Compartment syndrome related to trauma, post surgery not genetically related ( not hereditary ) exercise stress related compartment , fascia will not yield and allow the built up of pressure inside causing the syndrome as family members have similar body , but not reported as familial ( yet). ...Read more

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How would you know if you have compartment syndrome?

How would you know if you have compartment syndrome?

From shin splint....: To more serious. Most exercise related shin splints can be managed with rest, your doc, as an outpatient. Traumatic or revascularization compartments require more urgent interventions and carry risk for limb loss. The pressure in the compartment, and the clinical findings of nerve dysfunction, ischemia also help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about compartment syndrome. ?

Acute and chronic: generally trauma to an extremity with rapid significant swelling can cause in upper or lower extremities. extremely painful. hurts to lift ankle in the calf area is the usual finding. the compartments are muscles that travel in fascial compartments that get to tight from swelling and there is no yield or give of these compartments. can be critical to get compartments open quickly ...Read more

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My sister has compartment syndrome. What does this mean?

Leg swelling/pain: The muscles of the extremities are compartmentalized or occupy spaces of a finite volume anything anything which increases the pressure within these compartments (swelling of muscle, bleeding, persistent external compression, a mass, etc) can impair blood flow into the compartment. This is experienced as pain as the muscle is deprived of oxygen. ...Read more

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What can I do for exercise related compartment syndrome?

What can I do for exercise related compartment syndrome?

See a specialist: A fasciotomy (opening of one of the muscle compartments in the limb) may be necessary to resolve the problem. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of exertional compartment syndrome?

Pain: Discomfort and pain in the legs and feet are most common. Typically occurs after running or performing an activity for a set amount of time. Will get better after stopping activity. You may also have numbness and tingling in the legs/feet. ...Read more

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Question diagnosis with compartment syndrome. Who do I see?

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Question diagnosis with compartment syndrome. Who do I see?

Orthopedics: An orthopedist (operative or non-operative) can evaluate you for compartment syndrome, testing the compartment pressures in your lower extremities. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: compartment syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: compartment syndrome?

See below: 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 muscles in the compartment. ...Read more

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What are the massage concerns for exertional compartment syndrome?

What are the massage concerns for exertional compartment syndrome?

Not sure: If what you mean by exertional compartment syndrome is what is colloquially known as 'shin splints' then you may experience that after massage. True compartment 'syndrome' would necessitate a surgical treatment known as fasciotomy which is unlikely caused by massage. ...Read more

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If i feel heavy, is there a possibility it is compartment syndrome?

No. : Compartment syndrome is a compilation of symptoms that affect kidney, heart, lungs etc... Most patients with compartment syndrome are in the ICU in terrible condition. ...Read more