Skip to main contentSkip to main content

Compartment syndrome


Open all pages about Compartment syndrome

The main symptom of compartment syndrome is pain in part of your body. The pain may happen suddenly or come on gradually.

Tests for compartment syndrome include MRI scans and measuring the pressure inside your muscle while resting and during exercise.

Surgery is used to treat compartment syndrome that happens suddenly. To relieve symptoms that come on gradually, avoid the activity that caused them.

Compartment syndrome is an increase in pressure inside a muscle, which restricts blood flow and causes pain. It can be serious if it happens suddenly.

Page last reviewed: 09/02/2023
Next review due: 09/02/2026