Scotland-based Castle Craig Hospital, in conjunction with Department of Hepatology at the University of Edinburgh, has launched a pilot study to examine the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on patients who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.
Outside of the United States, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been used for many years to effectively treat a variety of conditions, and has garnered a lot of scientific data in the process. However, partly because the FDA doesn’t consider much of this evidence when granting approval for HBOT treatments, its use has been stymied within the U.S.
Here at WA Hyperbaric Therapy Center, we believe in the immense value of HBOT, and we’re always thrilled to learn more about what medical science is uncovering about these types of treatments, and how they can help improve the quality of our patients’ lives.
With this in mind, in this post we’ll be focusing on the forefront of what HBOT can treat: Bisphosphonate-Associated Osteonecrosis.
Each year, thousands of individuals undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments for a wide variety of conditions, especially related to wounds that won’t heal. We’ve covered many of these topics in the past, but for this blog post, we thought it would be a good idea to focus on some of the more recent advances in hyperbaric oxygen medicine, as well as what this means for our patients.
There are a wide variety of conditions that can cause poor circulation, including diabetes, plaque on the insides of the blood vessels and capillaries, high blood pressure, poor diet, heart issues, and much more. And while poor circulation typically manifests itself in your extremities, such as hands and feet, it can occur in any part of your body.
But regardless of where you’re experiencing poor circulation, it can not only cause a great deal of discomfort, but can also be hazardous to your health. These include the formation of varicose veins, kidney damage, stroke, and much more. Because of this, it’s highly important that you give your body relief from poor circulation as quickly as possible. But how can you know if you have poor circulation in the first place?
Based on Diabetes.org statistics, nearly 10% of the American population suffers from diabetes, which encompasses about 30 million people. And of these 30 million individuals, about 15% will develop chronic foot ulcers (HODFU), also called diabetic foot ulcers, at some point in their lives, which could lead to eventual amputation.
The good news is that hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to be a viable treatment option for those suffering from HODFU. As such, we’ll cover some of the basics of how HBOT may help heal your chronic foot ulcers, and how WA Hyperbaric Therapy Center can move you one step closer to freedom.
Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we here at Washington Hyperbarics thought this would present an ideal opportunity to talk about autism as it relates to hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
According to the most recent numbers from the CDC, one in 68 children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which means that more than 2 million children in the United States currently have autism. While the disorder is far more common among boys than girls, who are five times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD, as a whole, it is ranked as the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
Attention Athletes: Reduce Healing Time and Improve Post-Workout Recovery with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
As an athlete, you’re passionate about your sport, and about keeping your body in tip-top shape. But what happens when you’re sidelined because of an injury, or when you find yourself up against steep competition and need that extra little edge? In either instance, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be able to provide you with exactly what you need.
Did you know that more than 1.7 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury each year? While these cases range from mild to severe, one thing is for sure; a lot of Americans have experienced the damaging effects of a traumatic brain injury. In fact, according to this study, “2% of the population lives with long-term disabilities following head injuries.”
However, despite its prevalence, we here at WA Hyperbaric Therapy Center understand there’s often a lot of confusion surrounding traumatic brain injuries, and even less understanding of how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help. As a result, we thought we’d outline some of the more important points below.
In addition to antibiotics, physicians will often include hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment to help patients fight off Lyme disease. This is because the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is known as “anaerobic,” which simply means that it cannot exist in oxygen. One of the primary benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is that the process safely increases oxygen levels within your body, which can ultimately cause a reduction of harmful bacteria.