Compartment Syndrome Lawyers
Compartment syndrome is a medical emergency that is usually caused by a severe injury. It occurs when pressure within the muscles builds to dangerous levels. This pressure can decrease blood flow, which prevents nourishment and oxygen from reaching nerve and muscle cells. Without treatment, it can lead to permanent muscle damage. The main symptom of compartment syndrome is intense pain or tightness in the muscle. If there is numbness and paralysis, permanent damage may have already occurred. Compartment syndrome can occur in any of the compartments in the arms or legs but happens most often in the calf.
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The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says acute compartment syndrome can happen with:
- Badly bruised muscle – This type of injury can occur when a motorcycle falls on the leg of the rider, or a football player is hit in the leg with another player's helmet.
- Reestablished blood flow after blocked circulation – This may occur after a surgeon repairs a damaged blood vessel that has been blocked for several hours. A blood vessel can also be blocked during sleep. Lying for too long in a position that blocks a blood vessel, then moving or waking up can cause this condition. Most healthy people will naturally move when blood flow to a limb is blocked during sleep. The development of compartment syndrome in this manner usually occurs in people who are neurologically compromised. This can happen after severe intoxication with alcohol or other drugs.
- Crush injuries
- Anabolic steroid use – Taking steroids is a possible factor in compartment syndrome.
- Constricting bandages – Casts and tight bandages may lead to compartment syndrome. If symptoms of compartment syndrome develop, remove or loosen any constricting bandages. If you have a cast, contact your doctor immediately.
Don’t hesitate to call our team today if you or a loved one have suffered from acute compartment syndrome. We are here to provide you the legal support you need.