Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) of the forearm is a well-known and feared condition within the professional motocross racing circuit. Among the motocross racing community, this condition is more commonly referred to as “arm pump”. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome is a condition that typically occurs in athletes due to repetitive muscle exertion that results in exercise-induced pain that is relieved only by rest. Many riders experience severe forearm pain, cramping, and numbness while riding. The forearm symptoms are often associated with crashes as the rider’s performance is hindered by their inability to pull the clutch or brake levers, effectively grasp the grips, and shut-off the throttle.
Dr. Tyson Cobb has developed a minimally invasive technique utilizing a cannula device which he personally holds the patent for (EndoReleaseô by Integra LifeSciences Corp.) to surgically isolate and release the forearm fascia, ultimately eliminating arm pump symptoms. This procedure is performed on an out-patient basis in a sterile operating room, and typically takes 15-20 minutes per arm to complete. Patients are left with a smaller incision site which results in faster healing time, less scaring, and faster recovery.
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