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How to Treat Compartment Syndrome?

  • July 26, 2023
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How to Treat Compartment Syndrome?

Medical Treatment:
Chronic compartment syndrome
  • Usually, Chronic compartment syndrome is not dangerous, and sometimes can be relieved by stopping the exercise that triggers it and switching to less strenuous activity
  • Physiotherapy, shoe inserts and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines can help - talk to your GP
  • Surgery will be considered if your symptoms continue despite the above measures. You will go on a waiting list in these cases, as chronic compartment syndrome is not a medical emergency
Acute compartment syndrome
  • Acute compartment syndrome needs to be treated in a hospital using an emergency fasciotomy surgical procedure
  • The doctor or surgeon makes an incision to open the skin and fascia around the muscles to relieve pressure inside muscle compartment immediately
  • Usually a few days later the wound will be closed. Sometimes it may need a skin graft to cover the wound

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