Has anyone tried hyperbaric treatment for healing an illness or ailment? It seems to be all the hype lately. I sustained a wrist fractured 5 weeks ago and it has not healed according to a CT scan I had yesterday. Along with ensuring my nutrients are in check, I was considering going to a hyperbaric health clinic. It does cost money, which is something I don't have a lot of, but if it is going to speed up my recovery, I'm very inclined to give it a go.
asked byRob_19 (1022)
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on October 03, 2012
at 11:49 PM
I don't know anything about it healing bones, but I knew someone who had a severe infection in her jaw bone. She went through two courses of IV super antibiotics with no improvement.
The only thing that worked was hyperbaric treatment. It was defnitely legit for that!
You might ask for a referral to physical therapy for electrical stimulation. I hear that that treatment is effective for bone healing and it may be covered by your insurance.
on October 08, 2012
at 07:10 PM
I don't have enough points to reply to miked's comment, but he's wrong at least about some of what he said: "During treatment patients breathe 100% oxygen most of the time to maximise the effectiveness of their treatment, but have periodic 'air breaks' during which they breathe room air (21% oxygen) to minimize the risk of oxygen toxicity." From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbaric_oxygen_therapy
on October 08, 2012
at 03:50 PM
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) does accelerate/improve healing. This is one of the reasons it is used so prevalently for "Non-Healing Wounds." There are multiple mechanism of action taking place at the same time with HBOT, one of which is increased neovascularization. (Growth of new blood vessels and the production of collagen.) It is however to important to make sure you are actually doing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (as opposed to Hyperbaric AIR therapy.) Hyperbaric AIR Therapy is not the same as HBOT, it could even cause harm. However because of lack of training and information these therapies are often erroneously offered interchangeably to the uneducated consumer. Here is a blog I wrote detailing the differences:
If you have an injury that is not healing, whether it is a wound, broken bone or traumatic brain injury HBOT is worth discussing with your doctor (or getting another opinion if your doctor doesn't know anything about it.) Some types of non-healing wounds are covered by insurance, but the criteria for coverage usually requires it to be quite severe which is why clinics that offer HBOT paid out-of-pocket by the session or renting a system for 30 to 60 days may be viable alternatives.