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Compartment Syndrome

Your muscles are bundled with blood vessels and nerves into groups that are surrounded by tough connective tissue called fascia. However, if this area is damaged due to a nearby broken bone or blunt force trauma, it can lead to swelling and bruising that places dangerous amounts of pressure on the muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. This is called compartment syndrome.

Although blunt force trauma and broken bones are not often considered to be serious, these injuries can be serious in their own right, especially if they cause conditions such as compartment syndrome. If you have suffered from a broken bone or compartment syndrome due to another person or entity’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact a Sheboygan broken bones attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at (920) 459-8000 to discuss your case.

What Causes Compartment Syndrome?

Muscles, blood vessels, and nerves are tightly packed into compartments by fascia. The fascia is a very strong tissue that does not have the elasticity and flexibility that muscle does. Thus, if there is swelling or bruising inside a compartment, the fascia cannot stretch to accommodate the extra pressure. Instead, it is forced onto the nerves, blood vessels, and muscle itself. This causes the painful and sometimes debilitating condition called compartment syndrome.

Signs of Compartment Syndrome

If you have pressure build up in your muscles, you can develop symptoms of compartment syndrome, including:

  • Pain that does not release even when the muscle is stretched
  • Pain when the affected area is moved
  • Swollen, shiny skin
  • Tingling or burning sensations
  • A feeling of tight, full muscles
  • Numbness or paralysis

If left untreated, the pressure from compartment syndrome can cut off the blood supply to the muscle tissue. This can lead to a cellular die-off, which may cause enough damage to require amputation.

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Compartment syndrome is a painful condition that requires immediate medical attention and treatment to save your tissue. If your compartment syndrome is the result of another person’s negligence, you should not have to face this difficult time without the financial compensation that you deserve. For more information, contact an experienced Sheboygan broken bones lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (920) 459-8000 today.