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Compartment Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability

Compartment syndrome is when there is compression of nerves, blood vessels and muscle inside of a compartment (closed space) inside of your body. This results in tissue death from lack of oxygenation. Your blood vessels are compressed by the raised pressure inside of the affected compartment. Compartment syndrome develops most often in your lower leg and forearm. However, this syndrome can also occur in your foot, thigh, hand or upper arm. Compartment syndrome may be either acute or chronic. Acute compartment syndrome is a medical emergency that usually results from a severe injury. If left untreated, acute compartment syndrome can result in permanent muscle damage. Chronic compartment syndrome, which is also known as chronic exertional compartment syndrome, is not usually a medical emergency. However, it is a long-term, ongoing problem that usually results from athletic exertion. Although anyone can have compartment syndrome, it usually occurs in athletes who are involved in sports with repetitive movements like biking, swimming, running or fast walking. As mentioned earlier, acute compartment syndrome is usually caused by a severe injury. Chronic compartment syndrome may be caused by exercise or repetitive muscle contraction that causes the tissue pressure inside of a compartment to rise to an abnormally high level, venous hypertension (high pressure in your veins), having enlarged muscles or an especially inelastic or thick fascia. The signs and symptoms of compartment syndrome depend on whether your condition is chronic or acute. Signs and symptoms of chronic compartment syndrome include: Signs and symptoms of acute compartment syndrome include: You or a loved one may have compartment syndrome. Compartment syndrome and/or complications resulting from it may have caused you or your loved one’s disability and need for financial help. You or your loved one may have decided to apply for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by compartment syndrome and/or complications resulting from this syndrome. You or your loved one may have already applied and been denied by the Social Security Administration. If you or your loved one intends to reapply or appeal the denial, keep this in mind. People who have a disability lawyer in their corner are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney. Please do not wait. Contact the disability lawyer at Disability Case Review today.