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Compartment pressure testing

Our expert consultants understand the effects an athletic and active lifestyle can have on your body.

Our expert consultants understand the effects an athletic and active lifestyle can have on your body. High levels of exertion can take its toll and put pressure on your muscles, causing on-going pain. If, during exercise, the level of pressure on your muscles is too high, it can have a detrimental effect on the muscle tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.

Compartment pressure resting assists us in diagnosing the painful area of the muscles and the level of pressure it is experiencing. Once the compartments have been located, it can then be treated.

The procedure is mildly invasive and involves exercising until the pain occurs. After exercise, the muscle compartments experiencing the symptoms are tested using a needle to gauge the amount of pressure present. The results will then determine the course of action required for further treatment.

Compartment pressure testing recovery time

You should be able to go home the same day, but further treatment depends on the results of the test. In some cases, further treatment requires a surgical procedure. Your consultant will discuss your results and treatment with you.

What risks should I know about?

Due to the nature of the test and the use of needles, you may experience some pain.

There are many types of sports related injuries that can cause pain, therefore a thorough examination and consultation would be done before carrying out Compartment Pressure Testing.

Specialists offering Compartment pressure testing

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Mr James Bidwell

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


Albyn Hospital

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Mr Simon Sturdee

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


The Highfield Hospital 1 more The Huddersfield Hospital

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Mr Muhammad Adeel Akhtar

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

BSc, MBBS, MRCSEd, MD (Res), Dip SEM (UK), MFSEM, PG Dip CAOS, MFSTEd, MFCI, ATLS® instructor, FFSTEd, FEBOT, FRCSEd (Tr & Orth)

Kings Park Hospital

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Mr Ziali Sivardeen

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Aamir Zubairy

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB BS, FRCSI, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (TR & Orth)

The Beardwood Hospital

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Mr Alun Yewlett

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS BSc (1st class Honours) MSc (Trauma Surgery) MRCS FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics) AICSM MAcadMEd

The Lincoln Hospital

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