Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome is a painful condition that occurs when pressure within the muscles builds to dangerous levels. This pressure can decrease blood flow, which prevents nourishment and oxygen from reaching nerve and muscle cells.

Acute compartment syndrome is a medical emergency. It is usually caused by a severe injury. Without treatment, it can lead to permanent muscle damage.

Chronic compartment syndrome, also known as exertional compartment syndrome, is usually not a medical emergency. It is most often caused by athletic exertion.

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Compartment Syndrome: Jeff’s Story

Jeff was experiencing pain and pressure in his leg while doing two of his favorite things: Playing the drums and running. He was diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome, and UW Health vascular surgeon William Turnipseed was able to perform a surgery that has allowed Jeff to get back to his fun…

 

Otto Porter out indefinitely due to left leg contusion procedure for compartment syndrome

Porter had a procedure to address a contusion on his left leg and will miss Game 6 and perhaps for some time.

Porter had compartment syndrome in his lower left leg, and a fasciotomy was performed. The procedure was done to prevent “permanent damage” to the leg. In short, Porter had a potentially serious injury that had to be addressed…

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What is the treatment for compartment syndrome?

Prevention is the first step in the treatment of compartment syndrome. Significant injuries of the arms and legs that require casting or splinting should always be elevated and iced to minimize the potential for swelling. Elevation should be above the level of the heart. Ice therapy may even be considered even if a cast or splint has been placed…

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