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.

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What are the symptoms of chronic exertional compartment syndrome? Also what tests can be done to diagnose the syndrome?

Refer to answer. Pain or cramp after excessive exercise with lower extremity. Muscle are usually tight and some what tender. Test to do compartment measurement soon after exercise or can measure the muscle enzyme CPK in blood which is from muscle breakdown and also myoglobin in blood and urine.
Pain with exercise. Generally below the knee. Can be tested with a compartment monitor and a tread meal.

What is involved during chronic compartment syndrome surgery?

Compartment Release. The surgery involves releasing compartments that are affected thru small incisions. However, recurrence of your symptoms after such surgeries is not uncommon.

Can smoking trigger/increase symptoms of chronic exertional compartment syndrome?

Probably/why risk it. Cecs happens due to reduced blood flow in muscle areas. It happens in physically active people, for whom smoking can rob oxygen and reduce your exercise tolerance. In any person, tobacco exposes you to 50 known carcinogens plus carbon monoxide and other chemicals. Best thing would be not risking any tobacco (and it gets harder to stop as you get older). Free, no-nag help at 800-quit-now.

How much time is the recovery after having a fasciotomy for chronic exertional compartment syndrome?

Depends. Depends on location of fasciotomy (arm or leg), was it open or closed, was the exposed muscle grafted if it was an open fasciotomy? The best person to answer this question is the surgeon who did the procedure. If it was done in a timely manner, with no nerve or muscle injury, recovery is usually quick, a month or two.

What is the percentage of successful fasciectomies or fasciotomies for chronic exertional compartment syndrome?

Very good. This study has demonstrated that fasciotomy of the anterior compartment, when done with the correct indications, gives excellent relief of chronic anterior leg pain. It is recommended that fasciotomy of the deep posterior compartment include a formal release of the tibialis posterior at the time of decompression.

Is swimming good if you suffer from chronic posterior compartment syndrome?

Yes as tolerated. If you can tolerate swimming, it is very good to built the damaged muscle, nerve from acute compartment syndrome (chronic is really a residual effect) speak to your treating doctor.