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Question: Shin pain for close to 4 years cant run or walk fast


 jackindabox - Tue Jul 24, 2007 11:55 pm

Hello All,
I am a 35 year old male who hashave had shin pains in both of my legs for close to 4 years now. I have had a bone scan, several MRI’s and neurological tests. They finally figured it out about a month ago that I have bilateral posterior compartment syndrome (Something to do with my calf muscles not being able to expand). I was told to get physiotherapy but got laid off a few weeks before they diagnosed this so I lost my health coverage. Anyway I was wondering if anyone knows what I can do to ease the pain such as stretches and so forth or is surgery the only way to fix this?

Thanks for the help
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Aug 02, 2007 5:04 pm

User avatar Hi Jackindabox,

Compartment syndromes often will develop from overuse injuries of the muscles. If caught early, physiotherapy and complete rest may be helpful.

Unfortunately, with each episode of acute pain the inflammation that results can cause the fascial layers to thicken, worsening the problem.

In chronic cases, physiotherapy is less likely to be successful. In these cases surgery often becomes necessary.

I would recommend you see an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation if you are able.

Until then, resting as much as possible will minimize worsening of the compartment syndrome.

Best wishes.

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