Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome describes a condition when the muscles in the lower leg are exercised causing increased blood flow in the lower leg. The lower leg musculature is divided into compartments – that are divided by envelopes of tissue. Excessive pressure within the compartment can impact on blood flow and nerves causing pain, pins and needles, and tightness.

Conservative management is aimed at reducing inflammation and soft tissue tightness. In extreme cases surgical intervention to release the compartment is required.

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