A man entering a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, provides many benefits and promising treatment option for a variety of different medical conditions. In fact, the Federal Drug Administration, or FDA, determined and approved 14 different conditions for HBOT treatments so far. These FDA-approved conditions are typically covered by most insurances. In addition to the FDA-approved conditions, HBOT has shown success with many more conditions. In this case, the use of HBOT is considered off-label and is typically not covered by medical insurance at this time. However, this does not mean that HBOT won’t help your condition. For instance, many treatments and pharmaceutical medications are used every day off-label with great success.

To see all the conditions we currently treat at National Hyperbaric, click HERE.

HBOT Offers Many Benefits

A patient entering an oxygen chamber

By administering increased levels of oxygen under pressure to the body, HBOT provides many different benefits, including:

  • Increases oxygen levels in the body up to 10 times the normal amount
  • Allows oxygen to cross over into the brain, thus increasing the production and availability of neurotransmitters
  • Increases the number of stem cells in circulation throughout the body
  • Eliminates areas of hypoxia by stimulating capillary growth
  • Stimulates connective tissue cells which then promotes wound healing and new skin growth
  • Stimulates the immune system response, in other words, helping your body heal on its own
  • Offers anti-inflammatory effects on the body, such as joint inflammation
  • Aids in treating trauma, such as sports injuries
  • Triggers the healing response to radiation-induced injuries in the bones, soft tissue, and organs
  • Inhibits the growth of some bacteria as well as kills non-oxygen tolerant anaerobic organisms, such as with Lyme disease
  • Improves the performance of some antibiotics and medications
  • Removes gas bubbles that cause “the bends” from the bloodstream
  • Increases the removal of foreign bodies from the bloodstream including bacteria, fungi, dead cells, and waste by-products, thus reducing the risk of infection

Conditions Benefiting from Hyperbaric Oxygen and HBOT Treatments

A patient receiving HBOT

When it comes to HBOT, the FDA has approved these 14 conditions:

  • Air or Gas Embolism
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Clostridial Myositis and Myonecrosis (Gas Gangrene)
  • Crush Injuries, Compartment Syndrome and Other Acute Traumatic Ischemia
  • Decompression Sickness, often seen with scuba divers, for example
  • Arterial Insufficiencies, such as Central Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Severe Anemia
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
  • Delayed Radiation Injury (Soft Tissue and Bony Necrosis)
  • Compromised Grafts and Flaps
  • Acute Thermal Burn Injury
  • Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

In addition to these, many other medical conditions, injuries, and general health concerns see benefits from hyperbaric oxygen and HBOT treatments.

This list gives just some examples of conditions HBOT shows success with.

  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Lyme Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Strokes
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Has shown to reduce tumor size in some cancers
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • PTSD
  • General Health and Wellness, such as anti-aging properties
  • Sports Injuries and Workout Recovery
  • Severe fatigue, such as chronic fatigue common with many auto-immune conditions
  • Chemo Side Effects, such as chemo brain
  • Plastic Surgery Recovery
  • Near Drownings
  • Migraines
  • Post-Polio Syndrome

HBOT is a powerful tool for medical care. If you think you may benefit from HBOT or would like more information on how it can help you, please take a moment to call our office and set up a consultation with Dr. Spiegel and his team. In addition to answering any questions you may have, they will work with you to create a treatment plan designed just for you. Call our office today at 727.787.7077. You may also click HERE and fill out our online request form.