Suffering from Exertional Compartment Syndrome

Jessie Rogers
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Short distance, long walks, sprints or just standing for an extended time I never know when the pain of compartment syndrome will hit. I have suffered from compartment syndrome for over 10 years. It has kept me from enjoying some of my favorite activities such as tennis, jogging, and sometimes even just walking.

Exertional compartment syndrome is caused by pressure and swelling building up in the fascia and muscles. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome can occur during or after certain exercises. My condition causes pain and swelling in my lower leg, especially during running or walking. This syndrome is most common in runners and athletes but it can develop from any repetitive exercises.

After years of suffering and trying to find answers I was referred to an orthopedic surgeon. I knew from my research I didn't want to have the surgery that is the usual treatment for compartment syndrome since most people still have pain from scar tissue and never recover 100 percent.

The orthopedic surgeon helped me to find another option, I could get botox injections. This would require going to a specialist in Wyoming and getting a series of injections. Although patients do have success with this treatment it's not a one-time fix. I decided to do more research and find what I could do by changing my diet and changing the way I exercise.

Any swelling in my ankles or lower legs makes the compartment syndrome much worse. I often use ice, essential oils, and or ibuprofen, but these are also a temporary fix, not a cure. I have found that omega 3 and vitamin D are helpful they are recommended to help ease inflammation. Being hydrated helps, and eating foods that ease inflammation such as kiwi, cucumbers and lemon helps.

Recently I've had good luck with rebounding, jumping on a mini-trampoline. Rebounding moves the lymph fluid and can help to reduce swelling. Rebounding is also a way for me to exercise without the impact that causes the exertional compartment syndrome pain and there are also some theories that rebounding also helps to stretch the fascia.

It took me a long time to find out why I was suffering. Being able to go out and walk in the sunshine without pain is something I don't take for granted. Not exercising is not an option.
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I wrote this article based on personal experience, this is for information only and not meant to replace medical advice. This is not a sponsored or promotional article. For more information on exceptional compartment syndrome and rebounding check out these websites.,of%20the%20legs%20or%20arms.

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