Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS) of the Forearm

What is Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS)?

Chronic exertional compartment syndrome of the forearm (CECS or ‘arm pump’) is a clinical condition in which an individual develops intermittent marked pain in the forearms after a period of exercise or exertion. The pain is thought to arise due to swelling of the muscles of the forearm that affects the blood flow to these muscle and causes the oxygen levels to drop.

Attempts at symptom control by activity modification and rest are tried first, but are not always successful. If conservative methods fail, CECS can be treated by surgery to release the fascia (connective tissue covering) of the muscle.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for CECS of the forearm and a wide variety of other elbow conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

To find out more about CECS of the forearm or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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