Most people know that it’s possible to sustain a concussion, broken bone, or whiplash in a traffic accident. However, few people are familiar with other traffic accident injuries, including compartment syndrome. Here’s what you need to know about this dangerous injury:
What is Compartment Syndrome?
The term “compartment” refers to a group of muscles, nerves, and blood vessels in the arms or legs. Each compartment within the arms and legs is covered by fascia, which is a tough band of connective tissue. Fascia holds the muscles, nerves, and blood vessels in place, so it is very difficult to stretch.
Compartment syndrome can occur whenever there is an injury within the group of muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. Because the fascia does not expand, swelling or bleeding within the compartment can lead to a rapid increase in pressure. The rise in pressure can affect the blood flow to the area, which means the tissues within the compartment may not receive the oxygen or nutrients they need to survive. If the injury is not treated right away, the muscles and nerves may suffer permanent damage.
Common Causes of Compartment Syndrome
If you have injured an arm or leg in a traffic accident, it’s important to understand whether or not you are at risk of developing compartment syndrome. Compartment syndrome often occurs as a result of crush injuries or severe muscle bruises. For example, if you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you may develop compartment syndrome if your motorcycle fell on top of you and crushed your arm or leg.
It’s estimated that broken or fractured bones cause about three-fourths of compartment syndrome cases. The pressure and swelling from the break or fracture can cause this condition. Treating a broken or fractured bone with a cast or bandage that is too tight can cause this complication, too.
Symptoms of Compartment Syndrome
The symptoms usually appear within a few hours after sustaining a traumatic injury. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Tingling or burning
- Muscle tightness
- Intense pain
If you spot these symptoms, seek medical attention right away. It’s important to relieve the pressure within the compartment as soon as possible so you can prevent serious complications.
Have you sustained this dangerous condition in a traffic accident? If so, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation from attorney Martin Gasparian as soon as possible. Mr. Gasparian will handle every aspect of your personal injury case so you can focus solely on making a full recovery from your traumatic injuries. Schedule a free consultation regarding your case by calling 559-203-3333 or submitting your information at MaisonLaw.com.