Groups of organs, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves in our body are organized into compartments. These compartments are separated by connective tissue called fascia. If an injury is sustained, the compartment could fill with blood and swelling. Fascia does not expand, so if the compartment fills it can create pressure in the compartment. This is called Compartment Syndrome; the pressure build up can lead too a loss of blood flow to the area and tissue death. Compartment Syndrome is most common in the forearms and lower legs, but can be present in the hands, feet, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks as well.
Summary of condition
Compartment Syndrome symptoms can include:
- Pale skin (decrease in colour)
- Swelling of affected area
- Tightness of affected muscle
- Constant pain
- Numbness in affected area
- Inability to move limbs associated with affected area
In most cases, Compartment syndrome is first treated with surgery (Fasciotomy) to cut open the fascia of the affected area alleviating the pressure. The incision is then repaired typically with a skin graft.
In extreme cases when there is an occurrence of total tissue death in the compartment, amputation is the only form of treatment.
How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Help
HBOT treatments for Compartment Syndrome are most effective before a Fasciotomy is performed. HBOT can aid in reducing the swelling in the compartment and the complications that come with Compartment Syndrome (tissue death, pain, skin colour). The goal of HBOT treatments for compartment syndrome is to reduce the swelling and pressure enough to avoid surgical procedures.
WHY UNDER PRESSURE INC.
We uphold an atmosphere of professionalism, personal attention, and excellence in care.
- Having been open since 2008, Under Pressure is the Greater Toronto Area’s Premier Hyperbaric facility.
- Our highly trained, experienced staff is dedicated to providing the best patient experience
- State-of-the-art Hyperbaric chambers allow for the most comfortable patient experience while in treatment.
- Situated in Clarkson Village, steps away from shops, cafes, and restaurants.
- Easily accessible building with nearby bus/train stops, Handicap accessible, Free parking on site, and close to hotels.
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HBOT For Compartment Syndrome and Our Services
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"I just wanted to start off by saying thank you, since my last round of treatments I have been able to resume normal activity in my daily life. I recently finished my take home exam and an in class exam which I ended up receiving a high mark on both. I have also started back to class again and am able to sit through class and complete the work. I would not have been able to do this without the treatments at Under Pressure, and just wanted to thank you and the rest of the under pressure staff for helping me recover."Sarah C
Post Surgery Recovery
“My experience here at Under Pressure was positive on all points. My recovery from surgery was faster than I expected, in fact my surgeon was visibly impressed by the results in such a short time. Plus the whole clinic experience was positive, friendly staff, upbeat atmosphere and state of the art technology. Two thumbs up.”Paul