Compartment Pressure Testing Clinic

Dr Khullar, along with being a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician, also has a background of being a qualified Orthopaedic Surgeon. He provides expert specialist care to athletes both at the amateur and elite level. Dr. Khullar works in close liaison with the Emergency department in St. John of God Hospital in Geelong.

  • How does Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS) occur?
    CECS, as the name indicates, involves pain symptoms related to exertion or physical activity. CECS is commonly associated with gradual increase in pain due to continuous activity or increased distance or intensity of exercise. It generally forces the person to stop the activity. People suffering from chronic exertional compartment syndrome commonly experience pressure in their legs, and occasionally can feel lumps in their muscles under the skin..
  • How does Compartment Pressure Testing (CPT) work?
    In Compartment Pressure Testing, a small amount of local anesthetic is injected in the skin at the sites where pressure needs to be tested. Then the patient is asked to perform the activity that gives rise to the pain, until the symptoms are produced.
    After the symptoms have reached the maximum severity, the compartment pressure is measured using a pressure manometer. The test usually takes up to one hour to complete and extends based on the number of compartments being tested.
  • What are the complications of CPT?
    Usually, CPT is safe, but there might be some complications depending on the patient’s individual condition. The most serious out of these is that the rise in compartment pressure can be so high that it warrants urgent fascial release surgery to prevent neurovascular complications. These complications will be discussed by Dr. Khullar in your first consultation.
    Once the diagnosis is confirmed, you will be given proper management options to help in reducing your symptoms and getting back to physical activities.

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