What Conditions Do You Treat with HBOT?


There is a wide variety of clinical applications for HBO, including the following:

1. Decompression sickness.

2. Gas embolism.

3. Gas gangrene.

4. Carbon Monoxide and cyanide poisoning.

5. Adjunctive to surgical and medical management of:

a. Chronic osteomyelitis.

b. Osteoradionecrosis.

c. Soft tissue radionecrosis.

d. Bone and skin graft enhancement.

e. Burn therapy.

6. Stroke

7. Cerebral Palsy

8. Diabetic Ulcers of lower extremity

9. Multiple Sclerosis

10. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

HBO has been found to exhibit antimicrobial properties on a broad range of microbial organisms. HBO has been found to be useful in the treatment of Hansens disease (Leprosy) and tuberculosis. However, each bacterial infection must be carefully considered, because in some instances hyperbaric pressures may enhance the infection.

HBO has also been used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and senility (including Alzheimers disease) as an adjunct to nutritional measures with varying degrees of success.

The use of HBO in cancer therapy is a matter of controversy. The rationale for the use of HBO in cancer therapy is based on the concept of Otto Warburg and others that anaerobiosis (oxygen deficit) is one of the characteristics of malignant growth. When hyperbaric oxygenation is administered at high pressure levels (above 3 ATA) and oxygen toxicity is present, cancer growth may be enhanced due to free radial pathology. If HBO is being used in cancer therapy it should be used cautiously at low levels (below 3 ATA) and should be for short intermittent periods of time.

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