For the pressure test for compartment syndrome is the test supposed to be done with the patient keeping their legs straight or with the knee bent?
Straight. The leg should be straight.
Which test is better for compartment syndrome? The probe where they hold it to your leg and find the pressure or when you stick a needle in?
To stick a needle in. This procedure involves injecting some local anaesthetic into the affected area of your leg so that the pressure monitoring needle can be inserted without pain. After the anaesthetic you will either hop for 1-2 minutes, or move your foot up and down, depending on where the problem is, to build up the muscle pressure. The pressure monitoring needle will then be inserted and the pressure is measured. Read more...