Compartment syndrome

  • Increased pressure in a muscle most commonly affecting the lower area of the arms and legs
  • Symptoms may include extremity pain that may become worse with movement, swelling and numbness or tingling to the involved area
  • Caused often by trauma, burns or vigorous exercise
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age
  • May result in permanent and severe disability such as loss of extremity or permanent nerve damage without prompt treatment
  • May become life threatening in severe cases

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

 

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