Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can be used to treat numerous types of wounds and conditions, including burns, diabetic ulcers, and anemia. Spending time in a hyperbaric chamber increases pressure around one's body, forcing more oxygen to dissolve into the blood. As a result, cells release growth factors and mobilize stem cells that speed healing. Here are some of the benefits of this treatment.
Why Doctors Recommend Hyperbaric Therapy
1. Few Side Effects
Most people who receive hyperbaric therapy do not experience side effects beyond feeling somewhat tired or hungry after their session. People with diabetes may experience low blood sugar, so the provider checks blood glucose before and after each session. Some people may also feel pressure in their sinuses or ears, similar to riding on an airplane, which subsides quickly. Serious effects, like collapsed lungs or seizures, are extremely rare.
2. It's Noninvasive
Receiving hyperbaric therapy doesn't involve needles or other invasive procedures. To receive treatment, patients lie in a hyperbaric chamber for up to two hours per session. You can watch movies, listen to music, or sleep while in the chamber.
3. Faster Healing Process
Hyperbaric therapy enhances the body's natural healing processes, improves blood circulation, stimulates collagen growth, and help grow new blood vessels where needed. People who receive the treatment may heal up to three to five times faster. Most people will need several weeks of daily treatment to reap the benefits, which may include reduced pain and swelling and an improved quality of life.
4. Strengthens the Immune System
Hyperbaric therapy boosts the immune system by improving white blood cell functions, eliminating toxins from the blood with augmented circulation of arterial, venous, and lymphatics. The influx of oxygen helps stimulate bone marrow to make more white blood cells and then helps deliver them to the affected area, where they help speed healing. The increased circulation also helps move toxins away from injured tissue, where they cause swelling, and to the organs that help eliminate them from the body. Together, these processes not only support faster healing but also help prevent further illness.
Patients who need wound care in the Greater San Antonio, TX, area turn to Hill Country Wound Care Vascular and Hyperbarics. This multi-physician practice works with patients seeking hyperbaric therapy for non-healing diabetic ulcers, crush injuries, radiation tissue damage, bone infection, sports and military-related injuries, and various other chronic wound conditions. They are committed to developing personalized treatment plans for every patient. Learn more about the practice and how you may benefit by visiting their website. Call (830) 743-9728 to schedule an appointment.