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The symptoms of compartment syndrome can include:

  • Bulging or visible swelling of the muscle.
  • Feeling like the muscle is fuller, swollen or somehow larger than normal.
  • Numbness.
  • Muscle pain that is stronger than you’d expect from the injury.
  • Severe pain when you stretch the muscle.
  • Tightness in the muscle.
  • Tingling or burning sensation in or under your skin, called paresthesias.


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