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Compartment Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatments

By April 16, 2012 - 7:04am

The Mayo Clinic explains, "Chronic exertional compartment syndrome is an uncommon, exercise-induced neuromuscular condition that causes pain, swelling and sometimes even disability in affected muscles of your legs or arms." Here are the common symptoms :

- Aching, burning or cramping pain in the affected limb — usually the lower leg, but sometimes the thigh, upper arm, forearm or hand
- Tightness in the affected limb
- Numbness or tingling in the affected limb
- Weakness of the affected limb
- Foot drop, in severe cases, if nerves in your legs are affected
- Occasionally, swelling or bulging as a result of a muscle hernia
- Pain Begins soon after you start exercising the affected limb
- Progressively worsens as long as you exercise
- Stops 15 to 30 minutes after the affected limb comes to rest
- Over time, may begin to persist longer after exercise, possibly lingering for a day or two

By HERWriter Guide April 28, 2012 - 5:05pm

Dr. Ronnie

This is really interesting - I'm going through something similar myself.

Would something like tennis elbow or tendinopathy fall into this category? I'm now in Occupational Therapy for this twice a week for quite some time. Or would what I have be considered a sports injury (tennis, in my case) or repetitive strain injury?



April 28, 2012 - 5:05pm
By April 16, 2012 - 7:34am

Thanks Danielle! Excellent references.

April 16, 2012 - 7:34am
By April 16, 2012 - 7:11am

Thanks for the info Dr. Ronnie. Very interesting! Hopefully we can give support, information, and assistance to those who suffer from this condition. 

Here are some informational links from our site:





April 16, 2012 - 7:11am

Group Leader


This is a group for those dealing with Exercise Induced Compartment Syndrome. Please share ideas, tips and tricks that have helped you deal with this condition. Often mistaken for Shin Splints, ECS is often overlooked and sufferers are usually ignored by physicians. Let's support each other and advocate for further research.


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