While wound healing with hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been around for a while, in recent years, its use and adoption in mainstream medicine has been steadily on the rise—and for a reason.Let’s admit it. Whether it was some fresh wound that we got while cutting onions in the kitchen or a deep, decaying wound resulting from some bacterial infection, many of us have had some type of physical wound in our lives.In athletic sports, wounds are almost a given.Consider that almost one in three of all childhood injuries is associated with athletic sports. According to the National Safety Council statistics, 5- to 14-year-olds experience injuries at higher rates than any other age group. And males get injured at rates that are twice that of females.Don’t get this wrong; wounds can be frustrating—and can significantly decrease quality of life. The following are some of the most common effects of wounds on quality of life.
However, thanks to medical interventions, most wounds are treated relatively quickly. Almost 90% of injury victims are treated and immediately discharged. And healing with hyperbaric is increasingly becoming an essential part of this success.
Also called hyperbaric chamber injury recovery, hyperbaric oxygen recovery (HBOT) is a body treatment option where the patient breathes a very high concentration of oxygen in a chamber with high pressure.
Oxygen has long been established as a catalyst in the healing and recovery of the body, including essential physiological and regenerative processes.Some of the regenerative processes associated with wound healing—for which oxygen plays an important role—include:
Therefore, to facilitate wound-healing processes—including the above-mentioned —, doctors use hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The goal is to infuse more oxygen molecules into the tissues of the body. The process is called tissue oxygenation.
When you get injured, an immediate inflammatory process begins as the body responds to the situation. Consequently, you’re likely to experience any or all of the following:
During inflammation due to some injury, the following occurs in your body—behind the scenes.
When you get injured, your body will try to increase blood flow to the affected part as the blood has several healing properties, including;
Your blood vessels dilate and expand to take more blood into the area.Also, the blood vessels in the surrounding tissues become more porous and leaky. This condition happens because the body wants the essential components of blood like white blood cells and oxygen to reach the affected cells.As a result of the increased porousness of blood vessels in the surrounding tissues, water and other body fluids percolate to the affected area, causing swelling.The rush of blood to the area and other enhanced physiological activities around the surrounding tissue will bring about warmth and redness around the area.Also, your body may fear that you’ll lose blood and set off blood clotting processes around the area.But with time, problems related to inadequate oxygen supply to the affected area can arise.
After the initial inflammatory response involving the increased supply of blood to the affected area, the oxygen level rises at first—due to the increase in blood supply—then subsequently falls.The reason oxygen levels fall are:
While the body can tolerate or even thrive in this low oxygen level environment for a while, wound healing processes may slow down and taper off when this low oxygen condition prolongs.For instance, collagen, the main structural protein that makes up the skin, cannot be made without sufficient oxygen levels.Wounds that would take one week to heal may now take a month or more. Worse, they may become chronic—or cause sepsis as a result of blood infection.According to a study cited in the Lancet, sepsis is the number one cause of hospital deaths in the United States.That’s where Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy comes in.
If you’ve got a wound and you choose to use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, you’ll be required to get inside a hyperbaric chamber.A hyperbaric chamber is not like your regular surgical table. It’s not intimidating. Instead, it’s comfortable and relaxing.Inside this chamber, there’s oxygen at 100% concentration (compared to 21% present in the room air we breathe), and air pressure between increases 1.5 to 3 times the normal atmospheric pressure (1 atm).The level of oxygen that dissolves into the tissues depends on two things:
If these two properties are at their optimal, more oxygen gets into your tissues, thereby speeding up the healing process.Also, with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, the procedure is not localized to a specific area. You don’t put only the injured part inside the hyperbaric chamber. Instead, your whole body gets inside. As a result of this, it receives the benefit of increased oxygen.The increased oxygen level will also have one other significant effect. It stimulates the activities of mitochondria—the cell organelles responsible for energy production.The reason this is critical is that healing is an energy-demanding process.Hyperbaric therapy, and the subsequent higher levels of oxygen also:
The following are some of the other conditions where hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be helpful:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for athletes helps them reduce the recovery time or just to improve their general wellbeing. Other amazing benefits of HBOT for athletes include more energy and mental clarity.NBA star LeBron James is among athletes who practice healing with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, especially to hasten recovery. A tweet of him in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber was widely shared on the internet.
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What can you expect and be prepared for when considering hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Wounds and injuries can make us lose days and months of income-generating labor. Plus, not to mention:
But time—contrary to what we’ve been told—may not heal all wounds.Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help you heal faster so you can quickly resume chasing your dreams and living your life to the fullest.At NexGen Hyperbaric, we make the hyperbaric oxygen therapy technology accessible to people who need it to help patients in need.Accredited by the Undersea Hyperbaric and Medical Society, we have state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, experienced staff, rigorous training, and unmatched patient care and operational safety standards.Got a wound that’s taking too long to heal? Contact us and learn how NextGen Hyperbaric can help you heal.
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