Professional Race Car Driver Used Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Recover from Crash Injuries

Professional  race car driver, Tiago Monteiro, recently made headlines for a notable comeback win at the World Touring Cup Race after a two year absence.  Headlines also noted publicly shared details of a long recovery from his devastating 2017 crash.  Monteiro credited his recovery from serious brain and neck trauma, in part, to the 60 hours of hyperbaric oxygen therapy he received “breathing pure oxygen to regenerate cells.”  Mr. Monteiro’s recovery, which included four weeks of being hospitalized in intensive care, has been touted as miraculous by many including his racing peers and medical professionals.

To read more:  Tiago Monteiro’s Long Road to Recovery (article from The Nationalist) and Tiao Monteiro’s Comeback Win from Near-Death was One of Motorsport’s Greatest Moments

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Photo credit ParaEles

New clinical study verifies HBOT’s role in accelerated healing for sports related injuries and return to play

Good news for elite athletes and weekend warriors alike.  A recently published clinical study in the journal, BioMed Research International, described 41 recruited athletes who had sustained exercise related muscular injures.  Athletes were divided into two groups, one to receive 10 hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions, while the other was to receive 10 placebo therapy sessions.  Pre-testing was administered, and again at 5 sessions, 10 sessions and 2 weeks post treatment.  Results showed the HBOT athlete group had a decrease in serum (blood) inflammatory markers and all reported a reduction in pain, documented at the fifth session.  The HBOT group surpassed the placebo group in all parameters leading researchers to state that overall HBOT facilitates the early recovery of exercise-related muscular injury.

To read more, go to:  Early Recovery of Exercise-Related Muscular Injury by HBOT

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Florida Governor Endorses Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Veterans

Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, recently signed legislature allowing the Florida Department of Veteran’s Affairs to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy to U.S. veterans who reside in the state and suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder.  Florida became the sixth such state to recently endorse the use of HBOT for veterans.

To read more:  Florida veterans with PTSD to get alternative treatments under new bill

Photo credit:  Governor's Press Office

Photo credit: Governor’s Press Office

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Used in Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease

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Chronic Lyme disease, whether the result of a missed diagnosis or a recurring infection after active treatment (called “post-treatment Lyme disease), can go on for months or  even years. Some call Lyme disease “the great imitator” because its symptoms tend to mimic many other conditions.  According to WebMD, such symptoms can include  fatigue, joint pain, mental fog, tingling and numbness and can in some cases cause Bell’s Palsy and heart dysrhythmias. Many physicians are treating their patients with chronic Lyme by including hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treatment protocol.  Television news recently chronicled and broadcasted one patients struggle and subsequent recovery when HBOT was added.  To read more (featured on  NBC affiliate WNDU16,) click on below:

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Fifth State Approves Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Veterans with PTSD

Arizona has become the fifth U.S. State to pass legislature entitling veterans suffering with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to receive hyperbaric oxygen treatment.  HBOT has been successfully used to treat post-concussion syndrome and its associated symptoms.  To read more go to:  Arizona Legislature Approves Hyperbaric Oxygenation Treatment for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury, Reports the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

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Case Study Finds HBOT Helpful in Depressive Symptoms Associated with Parkinson’s Disease

A recent case study published in the medical journal, “Medicine,” reported on the markedly positive effects of treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy for symptoms of depression.  The study focused on a patient suffering with Parkinson’s disease who refused drug intervention with antidepressants.  Psychiatric symptoms accompanying Parkinson’s disease can exacerbate and worsen the neuromotor symptoms of the condition, decreasing the quality of life for the patient and increasing the burden of the caretaker.  HBOT was documented to be a viable and well tolerated treatment.  To read more, click here:  Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease with Severe Depression and Anxiety:  A Case Report.

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CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Shows Response to Treatment with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, (previously known as RSD, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) is a frustrating, chronic and painful condition in which the central nervous system continues to send nerve signals indicating pain long past the time that healing of an injury or surgical procedure has occurred.  CRPS is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and changes in skin color, temperature, and/or swelling in the affected area. The syndrome typically affects a limb.

In a recently published case study, decreased pain levels, decreased swelling and increased range of motion were achieved through hyperbaric oxygen therapy and it was reported the patient was able to maintain pain relief and return to work after therapy ended.  To read more:   Successful Treatment of Lower Limb Complex Regional Pain Syndrome following Three Weeks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  

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Decreasing Side Effects Following Radiation Therapy with HBOT

Unfortunately, radiation therapy of the pelvis may result in side effects rooted in inflammation, involving either the bladder (post radiation cystitis) or rectum (post radiation proctitis).  Both conditions can rob a person of their quality of life because of ongoing symptoms that may last months and even years after the initial course of radiation therapy.

Patients have been shown to benefit from hyperbaric oxygen treatment because of its ability to decrease the effects of inflammation and initiate the regeneration of tissue and cells.  A study involving 35 men and 4 women showed a combined response of 88% positive for improvement of symptoms following the prescribed course of HBOT.  To read more:  Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment in Radiation-Induced Cystitis and Proctitis

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Ulcerative Colitis and HBOT

Ulcerative colitis patients battle a quality of life impinging condition.  An inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis causes long-lasting inflammation and sores in the large intestine and accompanying areas of the digestive tract.  Ulcerative colitis robs sufferers from the norms of daily activity. Symptoms of the disease may include abdominal pain and cramping, rectal pain and urgency to defecate.  Passing pus or blood along with bowel movement, weight loss and fatigue often occur as well.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases oxygen levels in plasma and tissues. Studies document HBOT’s ability to reduce inflammation and swelling as well as its ability to stimulate new cell  growth and blood vessel formation –  allowing tissue to heal.

To read more about HBOT and ulcerative colitis, go to:  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy stimulates colonic stem cells and induces mucosal healing in patients with refractory ulcerative colitis: a prospective case.

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Recovering from Stroke with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The use of hyperbaric oxgen therapy for recovery from a stroke is well documented.  Oxygen is vital to brain function and healing.  The brain contains one of the body’s most dense networks of blood vessels responsible for carrying oxygen.  When blood flow of oxygen rich blood to the brain is hindered or interrupted (as in the case of stroke) brain cells die and the brain degenerates.  Areas of brain tissue that have been injured during stroke lie next to areas that have been unaffected.

However, a third, middle area exists in-between injured and non-injured cells.

This third area of brain cells is essentially a region of overlap.  It contains affected brain cells that are intact but not functioning at optimal levels – cells that are on the cusp of crossing over to becoming  injured (ischemic) parts.  Doctors refer to this middle zone as the penumbra in stroke.  The penumbra can go either way.  It may become viable tissue or develop into irreversibly damaged brain matter.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works on the penumbra area by boosting impaired cells with extra levels of oxygen, helping to restore their normal function.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment has been shown in research to reverse tissue oxygen deprivation in the acute setting.  It may also be beneficial to brain function long after damage has occurred by virtue of its ability to initiate growth of blood vessels and stem cells.

To read study, go to:  Hyperbaric Oxygen Induces Late Neuroplasticity in Post Stroke Patients

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