Compartment syndrome caused by negligence
This is a condition that is characterised by increased pressure within a muscle compartment which causes a decrease in the blood supply to that compartment.
As the blood supply drops, the muscle swells and if left untreated it can cause permanent damage to the muscles and nerves.
How can this injury occur?
There are two types of complaint:
- Acute Compartment Syndrome
This is a medical emergency caused by severe trauma following for example a car accident, severe crush injury, severe burns or surgical injury. It can sometimes occur as a result of over tight dressings or plaster cast's
- Chronic Compartment Syndrome
This type is caused by overuse of a muscle generally suffered by athletes following repetitive activities.
The condition is usually easy for a doctor to identify or diagnose because simple massage or rubbing of the affected area induces severe pain. This pain will not be responsive to usual pain killing medication. Other symptoms include swelling or hard shiny skin over the affected area. The patient may suffer from numbness or weakness at the site of the injury.
The patient will usually make a good recovery if the syndrome is identified quickly enough. However left untreated, the consequences can be serious as the muscles eventually die.
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