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Compartment Syndrome Testing

Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome is a cause of pain during exercise that keeps athletes on the bench.

Compartment syndrome testing in Bozeman MT

Learn about Compartment Syndrome Testing in Bozeman

Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS) is a condition in which the fascia surrounding a group of muscles will not stretch to accommodate the normal expansion of the muscle during exercise, and the pressure within the muscle rises enough that blood flow to the exercising muscle cells is choked off. The muscle cell is deprived of oxygen, which is painful. CECS typically affects people in high-impact endurance sports, like soccer, basketball, and running. We specialize in the measurement of lower extremity compartment pressures, using ultrasound guidance. We believe ultrasound guidance is essential, both for the prevention of injury to nerves and blood vessels by the measuring device, and also to ensure that the proper compartment is being measured. This applies particularly to the deep posterior compartment of the lower leg. With accurate measurement comes accurate treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Almost always pain in the lower legs
  • Pain that appears with exercise and diminishes with rest
  • Some patients have lingering pain that takes a whole day or several days to diminish after exercise.
  • The pain is severe enough that exercise has to be paused or stopped.
  • There may be numbness on the bottom or top of the foot.  It is important to note which it is, if present.
  • Runners may benefit from a special program.
  • Surgical release of the fascia can be curative, but we would make sure you go to someone who is well experienced in this.
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Conditions & Symptoms that benefit our treatments

Rotator cuff partial thickness tears
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
Sacroiliac ligament tears
Osteoarthritis – any joint
Patellar and Achilles tendinosis
Knee MCL and LCL tears
Stress fractures
Lateral hip tendon tears
Achilles tendon partial thickness tears
Tendinosis (previously called tendinitis)
Nerve entrapments
•  Occipital neuralgia
•  Peripheral nerve entrapments in extremities
Hamstrings tears
Lumbar spine fascia tears
Ligament tears causing joint
Wrist TFCC tears
Plantar fasciopathy (previously called plantar fasciitis)
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