Although historically, the symptoms of compartment syndrome were
associated with the five P’s (pain, paraesthesia, pallor,
pulselessness, and poikilothermia), this is quite often not all
present. Because the arterial circulation is not impaired, the affected
limb likely will be warm, have a normal color, and an easily detectable
pulse. Clinically, the compartment is commonly swollen, firm, and
tender to squeezing by the examiner.