Conditions treated using Hyperbaric Oxygen

Conditions treated using Hyperbaric OxygenConditions treated using Hyperbaric OxygenThe 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 other 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.

Treatment for conditions not yet approved by the FDA is generally not covered by insurance and is not available at hospital-based hyperbaric centers. As an independent, provider of HBOT, we are able to offer treatments to all who may benefit. Our policy at Undersea Oxygen Clinic is to accommodate the needs and circumstances of all potential candidates for HBOT. Payment options and financial assistance are available where treatments are not covered by insurance.

On Label Conditions

Conditions that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for hyperbaric treatment and are generally covered by insurance.

Air or Gas Embolism

An air or gas embolism refers to a bubble moving in the blood stream that could obstruct the flow of blood to the body’s vital organs and tissues.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the primary treatment for an air or gas embolism because the increased atmospheric pressure reduces the bubble’s size and helps it dissolve in the bloodstream.

How you will benefit from HBOT
Increased atmospheric pressure reduces the size of bubbles and helps them dissolve into the bloodstream

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is Anti-Infectious. Oxygen has the ability to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses, while simultaneously enhancing the natural defense activity of white blood cells.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Smoke Inhalation

Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless gas that can cause damage to the body, prohibiting oxygen from getting to the heart, brain, and other organs, cells, and tissues.

Smoke inhalation can also be detrimental to a person’s health, as it has the ability to burn the throat, nose, and lungs, causing an immense amount of pain and making it difficult to breathe. Those who inhale smoke can run the risk of suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat carbon dioxide poisoning and smoke inhalation damage aims to relieve pain, enhance oxygen levels, and heal wounds.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Pumps 100% pure oxygen into the body
  • Helps open airways
  • Relieves symptoms
  • Decreases pain

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Creates New Blood Vessels. Vascularization or angiogenesis is the creation of new blood vessels. Non-healing wounds, strokes, heart attacks, and many other conditions can dramatically benefit from the enhanced blood flow that occurs with HBOT.

Central Retinal Artery Occlusion

Central retinal artery occlusion is an ocular disease characterized by blood flow blockage through the central retinal artery. Symptoms include a loss of vision and red lesions, often called “cherry red spots.”

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps patients experiencing central retinal artery occlusion by increasing dissolved oxygen levels in the blood plasma and tissue to improve the healing process, reduce inflammation and swelling, and bolster the delivery of this essential element to affected areas.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Improves blood flow
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation
  • Increases oxygen level to affected areas

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduces Tissue Hypoxia. By increasing tissue oxygenation, optimal cellular functioning can be achieved. More oxygen creates more energy for accelerated repair and enhanced regeneration of tissue. Hypoxic tissue (low oxygen levels) can lead to cell death and is a primary cause of most major health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, cancer, diabetes complications and many more.

Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis

Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis is a bone infection that can be found in both children and adults, though the latter typically suffers from more chronic symptoms. The acute version of the disease could manifest itself in about two weeks, while chronic osteomyelitis may not develop for weeks or months. Symptoms may include chronic pain, prolonged healing of wounds and prolonged discomfort.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increases oxygen levels in the blood, thereby killing the advance of organisms that prefer minimal oxygen.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Therapy kills organisms that thrive when oxygen levels are low
  • Works in synergy with antibiotics

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduces Inflammation. HBOT helps ameliorate both acute and chronic inflammatory conditions by reducing proinflammatory cytokine release. With more oxygen present in the blood system, blood vessels can restrict their flow (vasoconstriction) to damaged tissue and reduce the fluid build up (swelling or edema) without compromising the higher oxygen levels needed for repair.

Crush Injury & Other Acute Traumatic Iscemias

An acute traumatic ischemia is a condition of inadequate supply of blood to organs and body tissues as a result of a severe physical injury. Crush injuries and compartment syndrome are traumatic ischemias associated with complex wounds resulting from such traumatic injuries. Crush injuries affect a portion of the body, such as the leg, while crush syndrome indicates that the injury is accompanied by a systemic problem, such as shock or kidney failure.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can aid in recovery and promote healing.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Reduces swelling
  • Helps fight infection
  • Promotes healing
  • Increases the supply of oxygen to damaged, ischemic tissues
  • Reduces excess fluid in injured area

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Promotes Stem Cell Mobilization. HBOT has been demonstrated to mobilize stem cells to enhance tissue repair and regeneration.

Decompression Sickness

Decompression sickness (DCS) is the release of gas bubbles into the blood caused by a sudden decrease in pressure around the body. Commonly called the bends, and sometimes diver’s disease, DCS is most commonly found in scuba divers. Nitrogen bubbles form in the organs and tissues during a long or deep dive causing nitrogen bubbles to enter the bloodstream when a diver ascends too rapidly. Flying in an unpressurized airplane may also cause DCS.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is the primary treatment for decompression sickness.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Increased atmospheric pressure reduces the size of nitrogen bubbles and helps them dissolve into the bloodstream

Did You Know?
Decompression sickness was one of the first conditions treated with HBOT.

Diabetic Lower Extremity Wounds

Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. High blood glucose levels make it difficult for wounds to heal and have a higher risk of being infected.

Diabetic ulcers are chronic, complex, or problem wounds of the legs and feet in people with diabetes. Diabetic ulcers that fail to heal in three months are usually considered chronic. Some take years to heal or never do.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat diabetic lower extremity wounds accelerates healing, reduces amputation rates, and can dramatically improve quality of life.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Helps fight infection
  • Reduces pain
  • Creates new blood vessels
  • More oxygen speeds up repair and recovery
  • Promotes stem cell mobilization
  • Reduces inflammation

Did You Know?
Boyle’s Law: “The absolute pressure exerted by a given mass of an ideal gas is inversely proportional to the volume it occupies, if the temperature and amount of gas remain unchanged within a closed system.”

Failed Skin Grafts and Flaps

A skin graft refers to skin transplanted onto a wound. A skin flap is a transplant that includes skin plus deeper tissues like muscle, blood vessels and bone. To be successful, both skin grafts and flaps need a healthy, oxygenated transplant site.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used to prepare the wound site before the transplant and to promote healing after the skin graft or flap transplant by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Prepares wound for transplant
  • Increases healing
  • Reduces recovery time

Did You Know?
Charles Law: “The volume of a given mass of an ideal gas is directly proportional to its temperature on the absolute temperature scale (in Kelvin), if pressure and the amount of gas remain constant; that is, the volume of the gas increases or decreases by the same factor as its temperature.”

Gas Gangrene

Gas gangrene is a serious infection secondary to the gas forming bacteria Clostridium. This bacteria contaminates the wound and allows gas to get trapped under the skin, killing body tissue. Symptoms, such as high fevers, blisters, and continuous inflammation, oftentimes appear quickly and get worse within a short amount of time.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat gas gangrene aims to keep swelling down and bacteria from spreading to other parts of the body.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Helps kill bacteria and prevent the infection from spreading
  • Reduces swelling
  • Promotes tissue healing
  • Improves pain

Did You Know?
The the medical terms for these severe infections of the muscle are clostridial myositis and myonecrosis.

Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections

A rare but deadly type of bacterial infection, necrotizing soft tissue infections, also known as “flesh-eating bacteria,” can destroy the skin, muscles and underlying tissue. This condition can begin with a small scrape or cut that becomes infected with bacteria, then spreads to the bloodstream and rest of the body.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can aid patients with necrotizing soft tissue infections by amplifying the effects of antibiotics, enhancing the body’s natural ability to fight off bacteria, and since some strains of bacteria are anaerobic, inhibit replication and directly kill the organism.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Inhibits replication of certain bacteria
  • Enhances body’s natural defense mechanisms
  • Boosts the effects of antibiotics
  • Kills certain bacteria
  • Improves healing

Did You Know?
Henry’s Law: “At constant temperature, the amount of given gas that dissolves in a given type and volume of liquid is directly proportional to the pressure of that gas in equilibrium with that liquid.”

Non-Healing Wounds

Non-healing wounds, or chronic wounds, affect an estimated 6.5 million Americans each year. Non-healing wounds, which don’t heal for about three months, are more prevalent in people suffering from such diseases as diabetes and obesity. Chronic wounds include various ulcers that develop on the leg and foot, as well as pressure ulcers, or bedsores.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help repair wounds and improve the healing process by boosting blood flow. The treatment is particularly effective in treating diabetes-related foot ulcers.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Reduce risk of amputation in diabetic patients
  • Kill anaerobic bacteria
  • Reduce size of certain wounds

Did You Know?
One session of HBOT increases the amount of oxygen in the blood stream by over 1200%.

Radiation Tissue Damage

Radiation is a commonly used treatment for many different medical conditions. Frequently used as a therapy for various forms of cancer, it is common for radiation to cause necrosis (death of the cells), both cancerous and healthy, in the areas irradiated. Radiation has been known to damage blood vessels and the lack of blood supply can eventually cause non-healing wounds to form in soft tissue and bone.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat radiation tissue damage can heal the tissue by regenerating blood vessels, re-populating the damaged area with new stem cells, and accelerating all stages of wound healing. The benefit of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat radiation tissue damage has been shown in several randomized controlled trials, which are available in the Research & Studies section.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Helps fight infection
  • Reduces pain
  • More oxygen speeds up repair and recovery
  • Promotes stem cell mobilization
  • Reduces inflammation

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is Anti-Infectious. Oxygen has the ability to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses, while simultaneously enhancing the natural defense activity of white blood cells.

Severe Anemia

Anemia is a lack of blood, specifically red blood cells. The deficiency of red blood cells and hemoglobin reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood, causing pallor, fatigue, weakness, or shock. Causes of anemia include excessive blood loss from internal bleeding or trauma, destruction of red blood cells by disease, or abnormal production of red blood cells in the bone marrow.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat severe anemia helps to push oxygen through to vital organs.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Pushes enough oxygen into blood plasma to reach vital organs and tissues
  • Increases blood flow
  • Creates new blood vessels
  • Promotes stem cell mobilization

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Creates New Blood Vessels. Vascularization or angiogenesis is the creation of new blood vessels. Non-healing wounds, strokes, heart attacks, and many other conditions can dramatically benefit from the enhanced blood flow that occurs with HBOT.

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss*

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or more commonly known as sudden deafness, is an unexplained, rapid loss of hearing. It typically occurs in one ear and can happen either at once or over a span of a few hours to several days.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is indicated for the treatment of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss to help reduce swelling and helping oxygen get to the inner ear and nerve cells.

*Approved by the Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), and not the FDA.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Increases oxygen tension in the blood and tissues and dissolves extra oxygen in the blood plasma to better supply the structures, fluids, and nerves of the inner ear
  • Reduces inflammation and swelling

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is Anti-Infectious. Oxygen has the ability to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses, while simultaneously enhancing the natural defense activity of white blood cells.

Thermal Burns

A thermal burn is an injury caused by fire or heat. Damage to the skin and sometimes the mouth, throat, and lungs often worsens in the days after the incident. Thermal burn injuries are prone to infection, inflammation and swelling. Surgical removal of dead tissue and skin grafting may be required to promote healing.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Helps fight infection
  • Reduces pain
  • More oxygen speeds up cell repair and recovery
  • Promotes stem cell mobilization
  • Reduces inflammation and swelling

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduces Tissue Hypoxia. By increasing tissue oxygenation, optimal cellular functioning can be achieved. More oxygen creates more energy for accelerated repair and enhanced regeneration of tissue. Hypoxic tissue (low oxygen levels) can lead to cell death and is a primary cause of most major health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, cancer, diabetes complications and many more.

*Approved by the Undersea Medical Society (UHMS), and not the FDA.

Off Label Conditions

Conditions that have not yet been approved by the FDA, but the therapeutic benefits are well-documented and supported by ongoing research. In general, off label conditions are not covered by insurance.

Anoxic Brain Injury

Anoxic brain damage is an injury to the brain due to a lack of oxygen or hypoxia. Brain cells without enough oxygen will begin to die after about 4 minutes. The effects of an anoxic brain injury can range from mild, short-term symptoms such as dizziness or concentration problems, through to severe, long-term issues including vision, speech and memory.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can promote healing by improving the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain.

How you will benefit from HBOT

Angiogenesis, or new blood vessel formation
Stem cell release and migration to area of injury

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Neurological Conditions. HBOT is the only known therapy that can significantly raise the oxygen levels in the brain, which allows for accelerated repair, recovery, and potential neurological tissue regeneration.

Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an autoimmune disease that causes joint pain. Common symptoms include swelling, joint stiffness, fatigue, weight loss and redness. Rheumatoid arthritis, for which there’s no cure, can also lead to bone erosion.

Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joints over time from wear and tear. Inflammation is typically localized to the joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common reason total joint replacements occur.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increases oxygen in the bloodstream up to 1,200% above normal levels and dramatically decreases inflammation.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Reduces swelling
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Reduces pain

Did You Know?
Boyle’s Law: “The absolute pressure exerted by a given mass of an ideal gas is inversely proportional to the volume it occupies, if the temperature and amount of gas remain unchanged within a closed system.”

Cancer (Treatment Synergy)

When receiving treatment for cancer, HBOT can work in synergy with chemotherapy, radiation, and the ketogenic diet. It may also mitigate side effects of chemotherapy (such as “chemo brain”), radiation, and decrease the recovery time after surgical procedures. In addition, HBOT is FDA approved to treat latent radiation injury.

Some physicians and patients are concerned that HBOT may actually accelerate the growth of cancer. Several recent studies have shown this not to be the case.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat cancer side effects aims to reduce the damage to healthy tissue and blood vessels caused by radiation exposure, helping the body become stronger and fight off the disease.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Reduces side effects from radiation exposure
  • Increases blood oxygen levels
  • Helps regrow damaged blood vessels
  • Improves immune system function
  • Increases the release of stem cells from the bone marrow
  • As a chemo and radiation sensitizer

Did You Know?
Charles Law: “The volume of a given mass of an ideal gas is directly proportional to its temperature on the absolute temperature scale (in Kelvin), if pressure and the amount of gas remain constant; that is, the volume of the gas increases or decreases by the same factor as its temperature.”

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a condition caused by damage to the developing brain while in the womb or during childbirth. Common symptoms include lack of muscle tone, reflexes, motor control, and coordination. There is no known cure for cerebral palsy, but it is not progressive. Therapeutic interventions focus on preventing complications and helping patients live with daily challenges.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy raises oxygen levels in the brain higher than any other therapy available, stimulating a cascade of positive changes to brain physiology.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Increase oxygen levels in the brain
  • Accelerate repair and recovery
  • Enhance neurologic function
  • Repair damaged brain tissue

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduces Tissue Hypoxia. By increasing tissue oxygenation, optimal cellular functioning can be achieved. More oxygen creates more energy for accelerated repair and enhanced regeneration of tissue. Hypoxic tissue (low oxygen levels) can lead to cell death and is a primary cause of most major health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, cancer, diabetes complications and many more.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating disorder that weakens the body for prolonged periods. Bed rest does not improve fatigue of this kind and the condition is actually made worse by physical or mental exertion. The symptoms include muscle exhaustion, inability to sleep, joint pain, headaches, and difficulties concentrating.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy seeks to relieve general fatigue and pain experienced by patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Relieve general fatigue
  • Relive pain
  • Decrease inflammation

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduces Inflammation. HBOT helps ameliorate both acute and chronic inflammatory conditions by reducing proinflammatory cytokine release. With more oxygen present in the blood system, blood vessels can restrict their flow (vasoconstriction) to damaged tissue and reduce the fluid build up (swelling or edema) without compromising the higher oxygen levels needed for repair.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is any pain lasting more than six months. The pain level may vary from mild discomfort to excruciating, and can be continuous or episodic. Chronic pain remains in the nervous system for extended period of time, affecting not only a person’s physical well-being, but sometimes their emotional health as well.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment has been effectively used to reduce chronic pain, especially fibromyalgia syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, migraine, and cluster headaches.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Reduce pain and tenderness
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Fights infection
  • Creates new blood vessels

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Promotes Stem Cell Mobilization. HBOT has been demonstrated to mobilize stem cells to enhance tissue repair and regeneration.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD)

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome is a chronic condition that can cause serious pain. Symptoms include terrible swelling, burning, sensitivity to touch, and alterations in skin color, typically to purple or blue.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome may decrease swelling, improve blood flow, and decrease pain.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Improves blood flow
  • Reduces swelling
  • Relieves pain
  • Helps lessen skin sensitivity

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduces Tissue Hypoxia. By increasing tissue oxygenation, optimal cellular functioning can be achieved. More oxygen creates more energy for accelerated repair and enhanced regeneration of tissue. Hypoxic tissue (low oxygen levels) can lead to cell death and is a primary cause of most major health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, cancer, diabetes complications and many more.

Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury

All concussions are traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) with varying degrees of severity. TBI’s are the signature wound of Veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is also the #1 world-wide cause of severe disability in people less than 45 years of age.

A TBI occurs when an external force, including wounds that penetrate the skull and closed head injuries, injure the brain. Symptoms may be short-lived or last months to years without resolving.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat concussions and traumatic brain injuries in patients aims to relieve symptoms, such as headaches and memory loss, and accelerate recovery.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Allows for accelerated repair, recovery and potential neurologic tissue regeneration
  • Reduces pain
  • Creates new blood vessels
  • Promotes stem cell mobilization
  • May reduce cognitive impairment

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduces Tissue Hypoxia. By increasing tissue oxygenation, optimal cellular functioning can be achieved. More oxygen creates more energy for accelerated repair and enhanced regeneration of tissue. Hypoxic tissue (low oxygen levels) can lead to cell death and is a primary cause of most major health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, cancer, diabetes complications and many more.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, especially the colon and ileum, associated with ulcers and fistulae. Symptoms range from mild to severe and may include frequent diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramping, reduced appetite, unexplained weight loss and rectal bleeding.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been used to treat Crohn’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease because it reduces inflammation, fights infection and decreases pain.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Improves healing
  • Increases oxygen levels
  • Reduces swelling
  • Decreases inflammation

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Neurological Conditions. HBOT is the only known therapy that can significantly raise the oxygen levels in the brain, which allows for accelerated repair, recovery, and potential neurologic tissue regeneration.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia or fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. Symptoms include widespread or localized muscle and joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and tenderness. Most people with fibromyalgia experience fatigue, sleep disturbances, headache, anxiety, and memory problems. Some also report high sensitivity to noises, lights, smells, and temperature changes.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat fibromyalgia patients aims to relieve symptoms.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Reduce pain and tenderness
  • Promotes stem cell mobilization
  • Alleviates sleep disturbances
  • Allows for accelerated repair, recovery and potential tissue regeneration

Did You Know?
Charles Law: “The volume of a given mass of an ideal gas is directly proportional to its temperature on the absolute temperature scale (in Kelvin), if pressure and the amount of gas remain constant; that is, the volume of the gas increases or decreases by the same factor as its temperature.”

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by reoccurring ulcerations, and includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Symptoms include bleeding, weight loss, diarrhea, anemia and abdominal pain.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy benefits patients suffering inflammatory bowel disease by increasing saturation levels within blood plasma and tissues, helping the body’s natural healing process, reducing swelling and inflammation, and eliminating harmful bacteria.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Improves healing
  • Increases oxygen levels
  • Reduces swelling
  • Decreases inflammation

Did You Know?
Henry’s Law: “At constant temperature, the amount of given gas that dissolves in a given type and volume of liquid is directly proportional to the pressure of that gas in equilibrium with that liquid.”

Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial Cystitis is also known as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), bladder pain syndrome (BPS), and chronic pelvic pain. Symptoms include recurring pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort in the bladder and/or pelvic region, and urinary frequency (needing to go often) and urgency (needing to go right away). The cause is not known but the symptoms can be debilitating

The use if Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat interstitial cystitis may significantly improve symptoms.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Helps reduce the urgency of having to urinate
  • Increases bladder capacity
  • Minimizes pain
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Relieves symptoms

Did You Know?
One session of HBOT increases the amount of oxygen in the blood stream by over 1,200%.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Symptoms of an acute infection can include fever, headache, fatigue, and skin rash but the infection can also be completely asymptomatic. It is most common in the northeast and upper Midwest but is found throughout the rest of the United States and most of the world. About 30,000 Lyme disease cases are reported annually although the vast majority go unreported.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy seeks to attack the disease with enriched oxygen, which increases blood flow. Lyme disease is a microaerophile, meaning that it thrives in low oxygen environments. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can directly kill the organism by flooding it with oxygen.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Works synergistically with antibiotics
  • Can directly kill the Lyme bacterium
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Improves immune system function

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is Anti-Infectious. Oxygen has the ability to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses, while simultaneously enhancing the natural defense activity of white blood cells.

Migraine/Headache

A migraine is a common reoccurring neurological syndrome characterized by severe headache, nausea, vomiting, disturbed vision, and hypersensitivity to lights and sounds. Other common symptoms associated with migraine’s include chills, sweating, fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, numbness or tingling, and difficulty speaking or concentrating. Cluster headaches are severe headaches, typically around the eye and only affecting one side of the head. They are often associated with watery eyes, nasal congestion, and swelling around the eye.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat migraine and cluster headaches in patients aims to relieve symptoms and help mitigate the severity and frequency of attacks.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • May abort headache
  • May reduce the frequency of recurrent attacks
  • Decrease blood vessel spasms that are often associated with migraines

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduces Tissue Hypoxia. By increasing tissue oxygenation, optimal cellular functioning can be achieved. More oxygen creates more energy for accelerated repair and enhanced regeneration of tissue. Hypoxic tissue (low oxygen levels) can lead to cell death and is a primary cause of most major health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, cancer, diabetes complications and many more.

Multiple Sclerosis

In Multiple Sclerosis, an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against myelin—the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers—as well as the nerve fibers themselves located in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

Multiple Sclerosis symptoms are variable and unpredictable but can include fatigue, vision problems, spasticity, walking difficulties, numbness or tingling, weakness, pain, bladder problems, and cognitive changes.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat Multiple Sclerosis patients aims to relieve symptoms and to help prevent attacks and disabilities.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Reduces inflammation
  • May reduce pain
  • Modulates the immune system
  • Increases energy
  • May reduce spasticity
  • May reduce cognitive impairment

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduces Inflammation. HBOT helps ameliorate both acute and chronic inflammatory conditions by reducing proinflammatory cytokine release. With more oxygen present in the blood system, blood vessels can restrict their flow (vasoconstriction) to damaged tissue and reduce the fluid build up (swelling or edema) without compromising the higher oxygen levels needed for repair.

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is an inherited disease characterized by retinal degeneration. In this condition, photoreceptor cells in the retina, known as rods and cones, die. Since these cells are responsible for capturing images, their destruction results in symptoms that include night blindness, central vision loss, and the inability to distinguish colors.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help patients experiencing retinitis pigmentosa by increasing dissolved oxygen levels in blood plasma and tissue, which may slow the degenerative process, aid healing, and stabilize their visual functionality.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Slows degenerative process
  • Stabilizes visual functionality
  • Increases oxygen levels

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Neurological Conditions. HBOT is the only known therapy that can significantly raise the oxygen levels in the brain, which allows for accelerated repair, recovery, and potential neurologic tissue regeneration.

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. There are two forms of pancreatitis: acute and chronic. Acute pancreatitis is a sudden inflammation that typically lasts for a short period of time and goes away with treatment. Chronic pancreatitis, which generally occurs after acute pancreatitis, is a long-lasting inflammation of the pancreas. Symptoms include: nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, swollen and tender abdomen.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can decrease pancreatic inflammation, swelling, and the debilitating pain associated.

How you will benefit from HBOT

Decreases inflammation
Reduces pain

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Creates New Blood Vessels. Vascularization or angiogenesis is the creation of new blood vessels. Non-healing wounds, strokes, heart attacks, and many other conditions can dramatically benefit from the enhanced blood flow that occurs with HBOT.

Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. This often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat spinal cord injury patients aims to help improve function.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Improve function
  • Decrease recovery time
  • Reduce neurological damage

Did You Know?
Charles Law: “The volume of a given mass of an ideal gas is directly proportional to its temperature on the absolute temperature scale (in Kelvin), if pressure and the amount of gas remain constant; that is, the volume of the gas increases or decreases by the same factor as its temperature.”

Sports Injuries

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy plays an important role in optimizing athletic performance and recovery of athletic activities. But perhaps, more significantly, it also accelerates recovery from sports-related injuries and surgery, enabling athletes to get back on the field faster.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat sports injuries aims to relieve symptoms, accelerate recovery, and optimize performance.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Reduce inflammation & pain
  • Optimize cellular function
  • Accelerate recovery from on-field injury
  • Stimulation of new blood vessel growth in injured tissue
  • Mobilization of stem cells to area of injury
  • Amplifies performance and recovery from training
  • Decrease scarring

Did You Know?
It is estimated that there are 3.8 million concussions per year in competitive sports and recreational activities. Clinical studies show strong evidence that HBOT may be capable of healing the damaged brain.

Stroke

A stroke is also known as a “brain attack” and occurs when the blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Brain cells and tissue deprived of oxygen and nutrients will begin to die within minutes. Depending on the location and size of oxygen deprivation in the brain, a stroke can lead to small or very large motor, cognitive, and/or sensory deficits.

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can reverse tissue oxygen deprivation in the acute setting and after the damage has occurred, HBOT can help re-grow blood vessels and regenerative nerve cells.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • May help reduce the amount of brain damage from swelling and inadequate blood supply
  • Speeds recovery and rehabilitation
  • Creates new blood cells
  • Reduces inflammation in the brain
  • Promotes stem cell mobilization

Did You Know?
Henry’s Law: “At constant temperature, the amount of given gas that dissolves in a given type and volume of liquid is directly proportional to the pressure of that gas in equilibrium with that liquid.”

Surgery Preparation & Accelerated Recovery

All surgeries, even those performed to cure or improve medical conditions, result in wounds that the body will need to heal. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy optimizes the oxygenation (and thus the healing potential) of tissue prior to surgery and accelerates wound healing post operatively.

Although there are many additional examples, pre and post surgical Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can improve recovery from orthopedic procedures or injuries such as an ACL tear, decrease bruising and swelling post plastic surgery, and improve tissue healing after cancer surgeries. HBOT is especially effective in complex surgical cases where where there is a high risk of wound healing complications.

Benefits of post-operative Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy:

  • Reduces edema/inflammation
  • Enhances oxygen availability to injured tissue
  • Promotes fibroblast proliferation/collagen synthesis, decreasing fibrosis
  • Enhances antibiotic efficacy
  • Reduces incidence of infection due to the enhancement of leukocyte oxidative killing
  • Increases tensile strength of healed tissue
  • Increases angiogenesis

Did You Know?
One session of HBOT increases the amount of oxygen in the blood stream by over 1200%.

Complications of Scleroderma

In Greek, Scleroderma means hardening of the skin. Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease that is estimated to affect just over a quarter of a million Americans each year. One of the most obvious symptoms is hardening or tightening of the skin. Other symptoms of Scleroderma include joint pain, a heightened reaction to cold temperatures and acid reflux, in addition to potential problems to the heart, lungs or kidney.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can accelerate the healing of ischemic wounds that can result from Scleroderma.

How you will benefit from HBOT

  • Reduces edema/inflammation
  • Enhances oxygen availability to injured tissue
  • Promotes fibroblast proliferation/collagen synthesis, decreasing fibrosis
  • Enhances antibiotic efficacy
  • Reduces incidence of infection due to the enhancement of leukocyte oxidative killing
  • Increases tensile strength of healed tissue
  • Increases angiogenesis

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is Anti-Infectious. Oxygen has the ability to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses, while simultaneously enhancing the natural defense activity of white blood cells.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, characterized by inflammation of its lining and the development of sores and ulcerations. An abnormal immune system response in which white blood cells misinterpret food and bacteria as invading substances, this condition is discomforting and can become painful. Symptoms include bloody stools, frequent bowel movements and debilitating abdominal pain.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy benefits patients suffering from Ulcerative Colitis by increasing the oxygen levels in plasma and tissues which reduces inflammation and swelling, allowing the tissue to heal

How you will benefit from HBOT

Reduces inflammation
Decreases swelling
Increases oxygen levels in plasma and tissues

Did You Know?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Creates New Blood Vessels. Vascularization or angiogenesis is the creation of new blood vessels. Non-healing wounds, strokes, heart attacks, and many other conditions can dramatically benefit from the enhanced blood flow that occurs with HBOT.

Disclaimer: Undersea Oxygen Clinic and its partners make no assurances, promises, or guarantees as to the results of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

UHMS HBO2 Indications_13th Ed. See attached Front Matter References