Compartment Syndrome - Treatment

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What is the treatment for compartment syndrome?

Prevention is the first step in the treatment of compartment syndrome. Significant injuries of the arms and legs that require casting or splinting should always be elevated and iced to minimize the potential for swelling. Elevation should be above the level of the heart. Ice therapy may even be considered even if a cast or splint has been placed.

Chronic or exercise induced compartment syndrome rarely requires any treatment; the pain and other symptoms usually stop minutes to hours after the activity is stopped. However, some individuals, over time, find the chronic compartment syndrome to be very limiting, especially if it causes them to stop a favorite sport (for example, running, tennis, or football). Rarely, such individuals may have a surgeon cut open some of the fascia that surrounds the compartment to reduce or stop the symptoms.

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Comment from: joshua, Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I had surgery (fasciotomy) on both lower part of my leg for compartment syndrome; it appears to have fixed the problem. I know I'm having the pains underneath both feet, surgeon suggested to try natural remedies like acupuncture. I did try but still have the pain.

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