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