Compartment Syndrome: Episode 67

  • In this episode: The signs symptoms and causes of compartment syndrome are discussed. Mostly discussing acute compartment syndrome.

  • Chip Review: Miss Vickies – Jalapeno (Thank you Susan Jerman) –  (12:21)

  • Trivia question of the week: What is the longest muscle in the body? (10:39)

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Compartment syndrome. Is not a good thing and thankfully not to common. There are a few kinds, acute, which we are discussing today. There is also exertional and insidious onset.
Acute compartment syndrome is the most common and the one we see the most. That is a result of trauma cause increased pressure within a compartment. This prevents typical blood flood and as a result oxygen is not able to reach the tissue. Muscle and nerve are the most immediately affected.
Most of the time this is caused by an athletic “crush” injury. You get hit, take a fall or some other large force is excreted on your body. This results in an increase in blood and lymphatic flow, which then increased the pressure within a compartment.
There are many compartments within the human body. The ones most commonly affected are in the shin and forearm. Compartment syndrome will also occur in the glutes, thigh and foot. It is possible that it can occur in any compartment of the body but these are the most common.
Signs of compartment syndrome are pain beyond what you would expect, a firm or “wood-like” feel of the skin as well as numbness and weakness. When numbness begins to occur this highly concerning and one should head immediately to the hospital.

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Fall prevention & Balance: Episode 19

Nutrition for Recovery with Amanda Turner: Episode 44

Ice or Heat?: Episode 23


Greater Trochanteric Bursitis: Episode 28

  • The most common of all the bursitises affects the left or right hip and disproportionally in people over 60 years old.

  • Today’s Chips: Old Dutch Crunch – Jalapeno & Cheddar Kettle Chips

  • Trivia question of the week: “The Diary of a Young Girl” is better known by what name?

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Today we’ve had to do an impromptu adjustment due to some unforeseeable circumstances related to automobiles. So rather than interviewing Mary Carey today we are going to be going over Greater Trochanteric Bursitis.


So greater trochanteric bursitis, it’s a great diagnosis. It is the most common of the bursitises. This is pain experienced on the outside of the hip. This could be left or right. It is most common on individuals sixty years and over. We do see it younger on occasion. On a Cajun. We should have done Cajun chips, what were we thinking.


It is a very common diagnosis; unfortunately if you have pain on the outside of the hip most people will say you have greater trochanteric bursitis. There is often some differential diagnosis needed when you get a prescription for great trochanteric bursitis because that is not always the case (


We see it a lot. People who sit often and then stand up with pain in their hip. The pain can travel down the side to the knee almost looking like an iliotibial band issue ( at times. It is pretty common in patients who are compensating for osteoarthritis in the hip. So if you see somebody walking with a lateral shift or lateral lean that can create irritability. A lot of the times like tendonitis or other bursitis it is a result of a compensatory problem.


Other common chronic conditions with it are scoliosis, leg length discrepancy, and weakness of the hip musculature is a huge one in general. And then OA and RA, which you already mentioned. Overuse people who all of a sudden have discovered the stair master for their cardiovascular exercise are a target demographic. Or individuals who suddenly start exercising or doing a new activity.

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