Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
For Nonhealing Wounds and Other Injuries
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a noninvasive treatment that can help in a variety of medical conditions either as a primary or complementary therapy. This therapy is defined as the use of 100% oxygen at an elevated pressure to help treat a variety of health conditions and diseases and has very few (and uncommon) side effects.
At HOTC, we evaluate each patient to determine whether therapy is appropriate and help to create a treatment protocol specific to each patient.
Each cell in the body needs oxygen to preserve, repair, and function. Breathing 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than normal/sea level:
- Increases the amount of oxygen carried by the blood, enabling the oxygen to be dissolved into the hard-to-reach plasma, lymph, and cerebrospinal fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord, providing optimized healing.
- Stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the areas of body affected by impaired circulation.
- Decreases inflammation, strengthens the immune system, stimulates the release of white blood cells, and reduces swelling.
- Stimulates the action of one of the body’s antioxidants and free radical scavengers, helping the body to better fight disease and infection.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently recognizes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for 14 medical conditions, all of which are generally covered by insurance.
- HBOT may also benefit many conditions not yet approved by the FDA. Use of HBOT for over 60 medical conditions is approved by other countries around the world and supported by significant, long-standing research. A list of both the medical conditions approved by FDA and those that have shown benefit through peer-reviewed research is available below.