Injuries caused by sports-related activities are a substantial concern among players, coaches and parents alike. As inflammation and pain play primary roles with respect to recovery, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been shown to significantly reduce inflammation and ameliorate pain. Additionally, HBOT can promote fibroblast/collagen activity to accelerate and enhance healing from surgeries and wounds. New evidence supports HBOT as an adjunct and practical treatment to help moderate the effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and enhance SPECT imaging results. HBOT is often utilized by physicians and individuals to help reach a full recovery from high-impact insults to the body and is currently used by some of the U.S. Olympic Teams to treat sports-related injuries as a part of their official medical techniques and equipment.
Studies have demonstrated the benefits of HBOT for sports-related injuries with the following:
Accelerate Recovery From Sports-Related Injuries with HBOT
- Increases Collagen Production
- Decreases Susceptibility Towards Reinjuring Target Areas
- Reduces Inflammation & Pain
- Rapid Recovery from Concussions & Head Injuries
- Faster & Better Recovery from Sprains Tears & Bone Fractures
- Improves SPECT Imaging Results
- Enhances Recovery from Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) & AnteriL, Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
- Stimulates Stem Cell Proliferation
Faster Recovery From Surgeries with HBOT
- Increases Fibroblast Activation
- Reduces Risk of Infection
- Reduces Inflammation for Optimal Pre-Op Conditions
- Decreases Hospital Time
Amplify Recovery From Intensive Training with HBOT
- Accelerates Healing from Acute Muscle Strain
- Increase Energy
- Improve Blood Flow
Study: Amputation Rate Decreased with HBOT
A study published in 2008 evaluated the efficacy of HBOT with respect to decreasing amputation rates for patients with diabetic foot ulcer. A total of 184 consecutive patients were treated with HBOT (one hour sessions, six days a week with examinations performed at three, six and 12 month intervals) as an adjunct to standard treatment modalities for diabetic foot ulcer. Following treatment, 115 (62 percent) were completely healed, 31 (17 percent) showed no improvement and 38 (21 percent) underwent amputation. HBOT’s success was illustrated by the attenuation to hypoxic tissue by the mechanisms of angiogenesis, fibroblast replication, collagen synthesis, revascularization, epithelialization and increased leukocyte bactericidal activity. This study confirmed that HBOT Can help to reduce major amputation rates in diabetic foot ulcers by repairing tissue. This finding is especially noteworthy considering other conventional treatments had failed.
Ahmet Kaya, Figen Aydin, Taskin Altay, Levent Karapinar, Hasan Ozturk & Cengiz Karakuzu. (2009). Can major amputation rates be decreased in diabetic foot ulcers with hyperbaric oxygen therapy? International Orthopedics (SICOT).