The thigh injury that Nashville Predators’ Ryan Johansen suffered during the playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks is a lot more gruesome than it was thought to be.

Johansen was diagnosed with acute compartment syndrome after it was learned Friday he underwent emergency thigh surgery, Fox Sports reported Saturday.

So what is acute compartment syndrome? Glad you asked. Per NBC Sports, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons described it as this:

Compartment syndrome is a painful condition that occurs when pressure within the muscles builds to dangerous levels. This pressure can decrease blood flow, which prevents nourishment and oxygen from reaching nerve and muscle cells.

Compartment syndrome can be either acute or chronic.

Acute compartment syndrome is a medical emergency. It is usually caused by a severe injury. Without treatment, it can lead to permanent muscle damage.

Johansen will miss the remainder of the postseason.


Posted by Ryan Gaydos

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the LA Sports Pulse. When I'm not doing that or asleep, I am running's homepage. Follow me on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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