June 26, 2019
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used as an adjunctive therapy to treat sports injuries, from the acute traumatic injury, to muscle contusions and ankle sprains. It is also used in treatment of joint, ligament, and tendon injuries reducing recovery time.
The use of hyperbaric chambers by sporting professionals is no new craze; at our chambers in London and Rugby alone we have been consistently treating sporting professionals from a variety of different sports with HBOT since we opened in 2004. In more recent years a number of top premiership football clubs have also invested in having their own hyperbaric facilities on site for injured players.
Last year alone we saw super cyclist Mark Cavendish in the Isle of Wight instagramming himself while on the O2 bibs and this time he wasn’t recovering from a shoulder break.
There is no question why a sportsperson wouldn’t choose HBOT, they need to be in great physical health and this does not stop after training has finished. Awareness is increasing in areas of care, recovery and wellbeing everyday and the use of HBOT growing alongside the stakes.
Hyperbaric oxygen helps with the reduction of swelling and facilitates soft tissue healing, the results cannot only help to speed up recovery but can also aid their performance and reduce fatigue.
I met with Ben Amos, Professional Footballer to find out about his experience of using HBOT to reduce fatigue throughout the season.
I am originally from Macclesfield, but have been living on road most my life, sort of south Manchester area really, however I have come to London for the first time to live.
I play professional football as a goal keeper for Bolton Wanderers and this year I am on loan to Charlton Athletic for the season which is how I arrived in sunny London. I joined Manchester United at the age of 11, and have played for Peterborough United, Molde and Oldham Athletic. I’m an England youth international, having represented at every level from Under-16 to Under-21.
All the training is tailored around the games so each week it is dependable how many games we play. It tends to be about 5 or 6 sessions a week with two games.
I have kept a few clean sheets this season which means I haven’t conceded any of the games, who knows whether it is because of the chamber or not…
I thought of all places in England there will probably be one in London if there is one. Had a Google about and found LDC. Thankfully the place I am living is right near a tube stop and the chamber is too, it makes sense on my day off to come and do it.
I listen to a lot of pod casts, one in particular on UFC fighting, a fighter mentioned HBOT as a tool for his improvement, he spoke about treatments during his training leading up to fights and aiding recovery after fights. In the past I have sort of experienced, not burn out as such, but periods of fatigue throughout the season; so thought I would give it a go.
Had to email the Doc back and forth, this took a bit of time, then I had to attend a consultation with the Doctor, and after that I was good to go for the following week.
It was different to anything I have done, I think I mentioned to you when we were in the pot that it’s different in there when we are under pressure, my hips click loads. Big thing is managing the time whist you are inside. I do a treatment that lasts an hour and ten minutes and being the impatient person I am, it feels like longer. My advice is to definitely take a book in with you! There are no distractions except the book, some people enjoy the more than me it seems. Just sat there just reading takes a bit of getting used to for me. I have done the longer treatments but I was advised that the hour treatment is most appropriate for me both cost and time wise.
All I can say is I rarely get niggles now. I used to experience discomfort in my hips and elbows but no complaints of late. I have got a sore hand at the moment but it feels a bit better than it has done as the treatment has been helping with swelling.
It is hard to talk when you have got a mask on you face! It’s only you that really talks to me in there (no surprise there) but normally I’ll talk a glass eye to sleep.
I would take someone who can talk me to sleep, that would be you then. I’ll take you there.
I go bare foot, is that weird? The first few times I went in I got so hot, my shins were sweating and I didn’t really enjoy it so best thing to do is go bare foot as socks weren’t going to help that. I would rather be too cold than too hot and you have blankets.
Not my normal diet but on Wednesdays I treat myself to fish and chips! Hahah really not my normal diet but I need the good energy before hot yoga!
Doing it a good few months now and my overall I would say I feel as good as I have ever felt.
I tried to get some mates from the team to come and do a session. I think that they enjoy their days off too much. I would definitely recommend the therapy.
A little bit about the bends and the nitrogen bubbles, is that right?!
If I move back up north or further a field I will have to have a re-think, see if there are any centres as great as you guys to get treatment at.
Taken from the archives of our hyperbaric magazine, Tanked Up
June 05, 2019
Listen to Dr Paul Claus, outgoing medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine Program, discuss hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
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May 24, 2019
O2, or oxygen is ordinary in our every day lives, it is in fact it is the third most abundant element in the universe by weight. It is colourless and odourless and this lively gas is incredibly reactive.
We breathe it in as we go about our day, at the chamber we breathe it almost pure at 100%, under pressure when we descend on a dive in the chamber, and we follow strict procedures to keep our oxygen safe in storage.
When referring to Oxygen Therapy we talk about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT. HBOT can bring welcome relief and healing to you, your friends and family.
So how can ordinary oxygen be used as a therapy if we are already breathing it?
December 03, 2018
Why is the NHS not funding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatments for Diabetic foot ulcers when it has apparent positive results?
Get ready for the most well respected whistle blower of the DFU (Diabetic Foot Ulcer) study scandal to tell you why.
HBOT is a treatment in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen whilst inside a chamber at a pressure higher than sea level pressure. It is the new application of an old technology to help resolve certain medical problems. When a patient is given 100% oxygen under pressure, haemoglobin is saturated, but the blood can be hyper-oxygenated by dissolving oxygen into the plasma which gets to the tissues in greater concentrations.
It can be helpful particularly for anyone who is suffering from a wound that is slow to heal. Diabetic ulcers are prime examples of such wounds. They are graded in terms of their severity, which is usually related to the length of time the ulcer has existed. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can be useful for all grades of ulcer, by speeding healing and preventing the ulcer from deteriorating. This helps decrease the risk of unnecessary surgery or amputation. It also reduces long term costs such as the use of expensive dressings, and frees up hospital beds and staff.
April 30, 2018
Governor Doug Ducey has signed off on legislation expressing support for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat veterans with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.
December 17, 2017
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October 02, 2017
WILL IT WORK FOR ME?
With some medical conditions it is possible to predict how well HBOT will work to cure the problem.
This is by using transcutaneous oxygen monitoring – or TCOM.
TCOM is a non-invasive method of measuring the oxygen level of the affected tissue.
As oxygen is carried by the blood, TCOM is used as an indirect measure of blood flow to the tissue.
And as blood flow is important for wound healing, TCOM is used to predict the ability of tissue to effectively heal with HBOT.
It is most commonly used for lower leg problems caused by diabetes, but as the electrodes can be placed anywhere on the body it is also used for problem wound healing and post-irradiation tissue damage elsewhere on the body.
If the doctor thinks that TCOM will benefit in assessing a patient for HBOT, then it will be used before treatment is commenced.
TCOM can also be used to assess how well the HBOT is working by performing measurements after ten or twenty HBOT treatments.
January 30, 2017
After experiencing a bit of a revival in the popular culture recently, Phil Collins has been working hard at getting the word out about homelessness by lending his weight to the Young & Homeless appeal with Centrepoint.
What does this have to do with Hyperbaric medicine you ask? Well in Collin’s interview on the Young & Homeless appeal in The Independent recently, he explained that the reason for his last minute absence at the Centrepoint Christmas gala, was due to an abscess on his foot that he’d developed from suffering with Type 2 Diabetes. Luckily for Collins, who lives in Miami for the majority of the year, his consultant put him straight into a hyperbaric chamber for a weeks worth of HBOT sessions, and the abscess quickly healed.
Diabetic ulcers, like the one on Collin’s foot, require a healthy, oxygenated wound bed to heal, so a lack of sufficient oxygen (hypoxia) in the wound bed slows or stops the normal healing process and in extreme cases, can lead to amputation.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps repair wounds and enhances healing by improving blood circulation, encouraging the formation of new capillary blood vessels and supplying more oxygen to tissue in the wound bed. Hyperbaric oxygen also helps kill the anaerobic bacteria that cause some of the worst infections in chronic diabetic wounds.
Being a wealthy celebrity who splits his time between Miami and Switzerland, Phil Collins obviously has access to the best possible healthcare and facilities that money can buy, and is looked after by physicians who are at the forefront of championing pioneering treatments for such conditions. Even though less is publicised about the profoundly positive effects of HBOT on diabetic leg ulcers in the UK, due to restrictions with NHS funding for treatment and a lack of clinical referrals from GP’s and consultants, it is still a viable, affordable and necessary option for many patients suffering from similar conditions throughout the UK and should be recognised as such.
For more information about the daily treatments we offer at our nationwide hyperbaric chambers, or to discuss funding and treatments options available to our patients, please call 01788 579 555 today or contact the doctor on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the full Independent story here.
January 16, 2017
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in spontaneous brain abscess patients: a population-based comparative cohort study.
There is a need to improve outcome in patients with brain abscesses and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a promising treatment modality. The objective of this study was to evaluate HBOT in the treatment of intracranial abscesses.
This population-based, comparative cohort study included 40 consecutive adult patients with spontaneous brain abscess treated surgically between January 2003 and May 2014 at our institution. Twenty patients received standard therapy with surgery and antibiotics (non-HBOT group), while the remaining 20 patients also received adjuvant HBOT (HBOT group).
Resolution of brain abscesses and infection was seen in all patients. Two patients had reoperations after HBOT initiation (10 %), while nine patients (45 %) in the non-HBOT group underwent reoperations (p = 0.03). Of the 26 patients who did not receive HBOT after the first surgery, 15 (58 %) had one or several recurrences that lead to a new treatment: surgery (n = 11), surgery + HBO (n = 5) or just HBO (n = 1). In contrast, recurrences occurred in only 2 of 14 (14 %) who did receive HBOT after the first surgery (p < 0.01). A good outcome (Glasgow Outcome Score [GOS] of 5) was achieved in 16 patients (80 %) in the HBOT cohort versus 9 patients (45 %) in the non-HBOT group (p = 0.04).
HBOT was associated with less treatment failures and need for reoperation and seemingly with improved long-term outcome. Further, HBOT was well tolerated and safe. Prospective studies are warranted to establish the role of HBOT in the treatment of brain abscesses.
January 09, 2017
Chronic radiation injuries, although uncommon, are associated with poor quality of life in oncology patients. The present study assesses the efficacy and safety of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the management of chronic radiation-induced tissue injuries.
A retrospective analysis was performed in 276 consecutive patients treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic radiation-induced tissue injuries at the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Townsville, Queensland, between March 1995 and March 2008. Of these patients, 189 (68%) had complete follow-up data and were assessed.
A total of 265 events of chronic radiation tissue injury were experienced by the 189 patients treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Osteoradionecrosis prophylaxis due to radiation-induced dental disease had an overall response rate of 96% (P=0.00003; Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-rank test). The overall response rates for established osteoradionecrosis of mandible, soft tissue necrosis of head and neck, and xerostomia were 86% (P=0.00001), 85% (P=0.002) and 64% (P=0.0001), respectively. The overall response rates for soft tissue necrosis at other sites, chronic radiation proctitis and hemorrhagic cystitis were 84% (P=0.03), 95% (P=0.0001) and 85% (P=0.03), respectively. The total complication rate after hyperbaric oxygen therapy was 15.9%, comprising reversible ear barotrauma (10.6%), reversible ocular barotrauma (4.2%), dental complications (0.5%) and myocardial infarction (0.5%).
Our study demonstrates that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be effectively used in a variety of chronic radiation-induced tissue injuries; its favorable risk profile suggests it should be considered for patients with radiation-induced tissue injuries.