Alternate Names : Volkmann's Ischemic Contracture
What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
The person will usually complain of increasingly severe, constant pain in the affected muscles. Often the degree of pain seems more than expected for the severity of the injury. Other symptoms of compartment syndrome include:
decreased pulses below the affected area
difficulty making the muscle move
intense pain with stretching of the muscle
numbness in the skin
swelling and tenderness of the muscle
Intermittent compartment syndrome can occur. A runner with this condition may complain of tightness and aching in the calf muscles. The person may run a relatively short distance and need to stop due to discomfort. The tightness gradually goes away after the person stops running.