Chiropractic Care for Leg Pain Caused by Compartment Syndrome

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Compartment syndrome is a painful condition that occurs when the pressure in the muscles reaches a dangerous level within the compartment, leaving no room for expansion. A compartment consists of a group of blood vessels, nerves, and muscles held in place by a tough covering called the fascia. If the fascia isn’t able to stretch enough when the muscles enlarge during exercise or injury, pain and tightness develop, causing compartment syndrome. This condition can cause serious damage to the nerves and muscles since it can limit the flow of blood, nutrients, and oxygen.

The most common location of compartment syndrome is in the calf area, but it can also occur in the feet, arms, hands, stomach, buttocks, or other parts of the leg. In serious cases, it can become an emergency situation requiring surgery. Depending on the severity of your case, your Charlotte chiropractor may be able to offer a less invasive, more conservative approach to compartment syndrome. In more severe cases, when surgery is required, our team at Greater Life Chiropractic is here to assist with your recovery. There are two types of compartment syndrome, acute and chronic, and each can have serious health risks if left untreated.

Acute Compartment Syndrome

Acute compartment syndrome is a medical emergency that can lead to disability, paralysis, or even death. Acute compartment syndrome is typically caused by a severe injury such as a broken arm or leg. When bleeding occurs, the break causes an increase in pressure that can develop very quickly as the compartment is filled with fluid. Other times, trauma such as blood clots, crushing, or tight bandaging can cause acute compartment syndrome. When left untreated, acute compartment syndrome can cause permanent damage to muscles.

Chronic Compartment Syndrome

Chronic compartment syndrome isn’t typically an emergency, as it is slower to develop and is brought on by intense exercise. When exercising excessively, the pressure within the compartment increases, causing painful symptoms.  Symptoms include muscle pain during stretching, inward rolling feet while walking, and hard muscles in the affected area. It can make exercise and activity, especially involving the calves, pretty uncomfortable. Pain is usually felt within 30 minutes of exercise and generally stops within 30 minutes of rest. Although the pain may be relieved when the activity is stopped, without proper care, the pain usually returns once the exercise is resumed.

How Chiropractic May Help with Compartment Syndrome  

Leg pain should never be overlooked since some problems can get worse without proper care. Chiropractors have experience in dealing with many conditions and injuries, such as compartment syndrome, tendinosis, and more. Visiting your Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic, is an excellent choice for the diagnosis and care of calf pain.  Studies have shown chiropractic care to be “significantly more effective than conventional treatments in prevention of lower limb muscle strain.” Since chiropractors are experts in the musculoskeletal system and central nervous system, they can devise a program just for you and determine the best course of action for your individual needs. Dr. Grant Lisetor is trained to advise practice members on when to seek specialized medical care if necessary.

Whether your symptoms are caused by an accident or overexertion, if you have been experiencing symptoms of compartment syndrome, do not ignore the signs!  It’s extremely important to seek care sooner rather than later, not only for your comfort but also for your overall health and wellness. Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic can help practice members with compartment syndrome make a full recovery. Contact us today!


Salehi, Alireza et al. “Chiropractic: Is it Efficient in Treatment of Diseases? Review of Systematic Reviews.” International journal of community-based nursing and midwifery vol. 3,4 (2015): 244-54.


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