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What Is Compartment Syndrome?

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Overview

Compartment syndrome is a painful condition that can arise after blunt force trauma or damage in a car accident. It can also be a consequence after surgery. As a result of the injury, swelling interferes with blood flow and nerve system transmission, which can cause long-term damage to your nearby muscles. If the damage is severe, you may require amputation of the affected limb.

Compartment Syndrome Causes

Your muscles are grouped into compartments that are divided by tough connective tissue called fascia. Each compartment has a muscle group as well as the nerves and blood vessels that supply the muscle cells with information and nutrients, respectively.

If the underlying muscle tissue suffers from damage, resulting in swelling or bruising, the fascia cannot stretch to accommodate this extra pressure, leading to compartment syndrome.

Compartment Syndrome Symptoms

When trauma causes damage like swelling and bruising, the resulting compartment syndrome can cause symptoms such as:

  • Pain in the affected area that does not recede with stretching
  • Tingling
  • Burning sensations
  • A feeling like your muscle is tight or full
  • Numbness or paralysis

If left untreated, the nerves, muscles, and blood vessels absorb the pressure from the bruising and swelling. This can cut off the blood supply and result in tissue death.

If you have suffered from a broken bone or compartment syndrome due to another person’s negligence, you should fight back. Contact a personal injury lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) today.