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The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
and
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
and
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

Arm Pump Surgery

Chronic exertional compartment syndrome, or CECS, is a well-known condition that affects motocross racers and other athletes who experience repetitive stress. Better known as “arm pump” when it affects the upper extremities, CECS causes a number of side effects, including severe pain, swelling, cramping, and weakness in the forearms and hands. These symptoms can be lessened with rest and other non-surgical treatments, but they are exacerbated by exercise. On its own, CECS is not life threatening. However, this condition can become dangerous for riders who may have difficulty gripping, pulling, and grasping the levers and grips on their bikes due to pain or weakness. As a result, CECS may lead to crashes but more commonly results in lost races, because riders can’t safely maintain control of their bike at higher speeds.

In the event behavior modification proves ineffective, surgery may be recommended. Our board certified orthopaedic surgeon, Tyson Cobb, MD, is extensively trained in upper extremity treatment, and they can address CECS using the most advanced techniques available. In most cases, the fascia (inelastic tissue that encases each muscle compartment) may be divided to reduce pressure.

Learn more about this condition and treatment options by watching the video below. Competitive motocross rider Zach Osborne discusses his experience with arm pump, why he decided to undergo minimally invasive surgery, and his results post-procedure. You can also find out more about this technique on armpumpsurgery.com.

For more information about CECS and arm pump surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with an orthopaedic upper extremity specialist, please contact us today.

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