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Lower Leg Pain and Ice Hockey
My son is 18 yrs. old and has been playing high level ice hockey for 11 yrs. He is 6'1", 150 lbs. and in terrific shape. He has over last several years had the occasional game where he says his lower legs hurt and felt very heavy. This season started off with 4 days a week in gym and 4 on ice sessions...quite a bit more than previous. It has gotten so severe over the past season, that it happens every game...but only in games not practice. Starting after the first shift his lower legs go what he calls numb and become so heavy and painful that he needs to come off ice. Sometimes the 3-4 minutes rest before next shift is not enough. Legs soreness takes hours to dissipate afterward. The only thing that has made this season somewhat bearable  unfortunately are Excedrin migraine tabs before each game(understand health implications). Visited two sports physicians, both wanting to test for compartment syndrome.  Nurse with 28 years experience on team say has never seen a compartment syndrome case and thinks should look more into before going to extreme with surgery, long recovery and uncertain outcome. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.  Season over yesterday, need to address as soon as possible. Thank you.
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It sounds like during games he's tense and not during practice! That could cause muscle tension! I also suggest seeing a Neurologist and see what they say!
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