Acute compartment syndrome is a medical emergency that, if left untreated, can result in lifelong damage or impairment. Compartment syndrome occurs when the pressure inside one of your body's compartments rises too high. As this pressure builds up over time, it can cause severe pain and injury.
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Because the only effective therapy for acute compartment syndrome is a surgical fasciotomy, those suffering from this illness should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Athletic exercise is frequently the cause of chronic compartment syndrome. This can lead to permanent tissue damage or even death if not treated promptly.
Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure inside one of these compartments forces blood and fluid into adjacent muscles, nerves, or tissues. If the pressure remains high enough for an extended period of time, it can cause serious injury or death to the limb. Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, and cold sensitivity in the affected area. If you think you may have compartment syndrome, call your doctor immediately.
You should also call your doctor if you have pain that does not go away after three days, especially if it follows an injury or exercise. This could be symptoms of a more serious problem such as a bone fracture. Your doctor will conduct a complete physical examination and evaluate any potential causes of your pain other than compartment syndrome. He or she will then make the final diagnosis by testing your compartment pressure with a needle insertion technique and by performing x-rays or scans of the injured area.
If surgery is necessary to relieve compartment pressure, the doctor will make a long incision down the center of the leg to reach the compartment involved.
When there is bleeding or swelling within a compartment, compartment syndrome might occur. This can result in a buildup of pressure inside the compartment, which can obstruct blood flow. If left untreated, it can result in irreversible damage because the muscles and nerves do not receive the nutrition and oxygen they require.
Compartment syndrome occurs when fluid builds up within a confined space, such as within a muscle or tendon. The pressure from this fluid buildup causes tissues within the compartment to become compressed. Unless the pressure is removed, tissue death may follow. Compartments are classified according to their location within the body; thus there are anterior compartment syndrome, posterior compartment syndrome, and lateral compartment syndrome. These terms will be used herein to describe the different compartments.
Patients with compartment syndrome should always be treated immediately. If not treated promptly, these patients have a high risk of permanent disability or even death. Effective treatment includes surgical decompression and fasciotomy (the opening of a compartment). Surgical decompression involves removing the cause of the compartment syndrome (such as reducing bone fragments in an open fracture) and draining any fluid that has accumulated in the compartment. Fasciotomies repair damaged fascia (connective tissue) and allow for normal circulation again. Patients require multiple surgeries as scar tissue often forms over the wound site preventing further access to the injured area.
The six "Ps" of acute compartment syndrome are pain, paresthesia, poikilothermia (difference in temperature between limbs, with the afflicted side colder), pallor, paralysis, and pulselessness. A compartment syndrome workup must be prompted by discomfort that is disproportionate to the damage. This may include pain upon movement of a joint or muscle group, particularly if there is no apparent cause for it elsewhere on the body.
Compartment syndromes occur when an extremity compartment becomes compressed against another object such as bone or tendon, preventing adequate blood flow to the compartment. This can lead to tissue death within the compartment, causing severe pain and limiting function of the affected limb. Compartment syndromes can arise from many different causes, but they all share a common effect- compression of the compartment wall. If left untreated, this can result in permanent disability or loss of the limb.
The three major compartments of the upper limb are the shoulder girdle, the arm, and the hand. Each of these areas contains several subcomponents such as muscles and joints that can become compromised due to injury or disease and develop into compartment syndromes. The shoulder girdle is made up of the chest and the back, which act as two rigid plates that embrace the trunk and head to support them. These plates move together and apart during normal activity of the shoulder girdle so that the rotator cuff muscles can rotate the arm.
A shattered bone or a crush injury might result in acute compartment syndrome. This is the most typical reason. Before a limb has finished swelling, a plaster cast or a tight bandage is placed. Burns can cause scarring and tightening of the skin. This can lead to compression of blood vessels and nerves beneath the skin, which can cause pain and damage to the tissue.
Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure inside one of these compartments forces fluid into adjacent compartments. The body then reacts by trying to protect itself by closing off circulation to that area. If the condition is not treated, it can lead to permanent loss of function of the limb.
The four major compartments of the leg are:
1. Intra-compartmental - These are areas within one compartment of the leg. They include the anterior and posterior tibial muscles, and the soleus muscle. Compression of these areas leads to pain and loss of function in the foot/ankle region.
2. Inter-compartmental - These are areas between two neighboring compartments. There are three inter-compartmental sites on the leg: the anterior and posterior malleoli (the small bones at the back of the ankle), and the cubital fossa (between the elbow and the shoulder blade).
Surgery is the only way to treat acute compartment syndrome. A fasciotomy is a treatment in which a surgeon cuts through the skin and fascia to alleviate pressure. Physiotherapy, shoe inserts, and anti-inflammatory medicines are all options for treating chronic compartment syndrome. There is no known cure for this condition.
Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure inside one of these compartments forces blood into adjacent compartments, causing tissue damage or amputation if it is not treated promptly. Compartments of the leg include: the anterior (front) compartment, which contains the chest muscles; the lateral (side) compartment, which contains the legs muscles; and the posterior (back) compartment, which contains the spinal cord and kidneys.
The three main signs that tell you you might have compartment syndrome are pain, numbness, and tingling. If you experience any of these symptoms, get to a hospital right away so they can evaluate you. Avoid moving your leg if possible, as this makes diagnosis easier. The doctor will also look at how long your symptoms have been there before making a diagnosis.
If surgery is needed, the doctor will cut through the skin and fascia to relieve pressure. This procedure is called a fasciotomy. Recovery from a fasciotomy can take several months depending on the severity of the case. After surgery, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help regain muscle strength and control of the leg.