Exercise is a major cause of this painful condition. Compartment syndrome is a result of pressure buildup in the muscles combined with a decrease in blood flow and oxygen. Learn more about what causes it and how it’s treated.
Causes & Triggers
- Anabolic steroid use
- Exercise/athletic exertion
- High-impact injuries (resulting in severely bruised muscle)
- Neurological impairment (alcohol or drug intoxication)
- Tight casts or bandages (constricts blood flow)
Signs & Symptoms
Tips & Treatment
- This condition can be acute (sudden onset) or recurring (chronic).
- Acute compartment syndrome requires immediate emergency surgery.
- Depending on severity, chronic compartment syndrome may require surgery.
- Non-surgical treatment including physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication.
- Stopping exercise or changing activity may relieve symptoms¾but only temporarily.
- Without proper diagnosis and treatment, permanent tissue damage is possible.