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Compartment Syndrome​

Compartment syndrome involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment, which is the space between muscles. Swelling that leads to compartment syndrome is most often caused by:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Surgery
  • Repetitive activities such as running

It most commonly affects:

  • Lower legs
  • Forearms
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms


Symptoms vary and can include:

  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Pain that increases over time

If not treated, it is a serious condition that can lead to:

  • Muscle damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Problems with blood flow
  • Amputation


Advanced wound healing treatments for compartment syndrome, which can often prevent amputation, include:

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