2. Acute compartment syndrome symptoms

Acute compartment syndrome is a sudden onset of the condition and is typically experienced after a trauma, such as a fracture or a gunshot wound. Symptoms include:

  • Sudden and intense pain out of proportion to the apparent injury. The pain is especially intense when the muscle in stretched. Due to the pressure in the affected compartment, the muscle has no room to stretch, causing pain.
  • Tightness in the affected limb. This happens because of the swelling that is putting pressure on the fascia and affecting the muscles in the compartment.
  • Paresthesia. People with this condition will most likely experience a burning or tingling sensation on the skin of the affected limb.
  • Numbness or paralysis. This is a later stage of compartment syndrome and usually indicates permanent damage.
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