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Crush Injuries/Compartment Syndrome Injuries
To irradiate a cancer tumor physicians and technicians always risk damaging nearby soft tissue and bone. Delayed radiation injuries most often stem from scarring and restricted blood flow near the tumor treatment site. The linings of blood vessels and the gastrointestinal tract are especially vulnerable to radiation damage. Radionecrosis may also be caused by radiation overdose or by misdirected beams of radiation, whether resulting from human error or from device malfunction.
Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is widely accepted as an effective treatment for delayed radiation injuries. HBOT works by improving blood circulation, supplying more oxygen to damaged tissue, reducing scarring, and increasing stem cell activity. Common treatment sites include the jaw, neck, and pelvis.
Important: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat delayed radiation injuries, not for acute radiation injuries, acute radiation syndrome (ARS), or radiation poisoning. *Refernce; HyperbaricLink
OsteoRadioNecrosisOsteoradionecrosis (ORN) is bone that has died as a complication of radiation therapy. It occurs because radiation inevitably destroys normal cells and blood vessels, as well as tumor cells. Damage to the small arteries reduces circulation to the area, depriving it of oxygen and other necessary nutrients. This process is gradual and may take many months or years to appear.
If you require surgery to the affected area, the wound may not heal. Oxygen delivered at hyperbaric pressures has been shown to produce new blood vessels in the irradiated area and stimulate wound healing. This results in a long-term improvement in the quality of the tissue.
Hyperbaric oxygen is given to radiation patients to prevent osteoradionecrosis (ORN) following dental extraction: Studies show that the chance of getting ORN is reduced from 28 percent to 5 percent with hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Hyperbaric oxygen is also given to repair damage from established osteoradionecrosis: Improvement is documented in 83 percent of cases treated with hyperbaric oxygen.
If you had radiation to the head and neck region, you may be experiencing a reduction in saliva. This may affect your speech and swallowing. Some hyperbaric patients have found that salivation has improved during their course of treatment.
Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is widely accepted as an effective treatment for delayed radiation injuries.
HBOT benefits include the following:
- Increasing oxygen promotes tiny new blood vessels to grow inside and around the radiation site. As you grow more blood vessels, more oxygen rich blood can reach the affected area.
- Decreasing swelling (edema) around the radiation site. Decreasing the swelling allows the blood to flow more freely to the area, bringing with it oxygen.
- High oxygen levels increase the ability of the ‘infection fighting’ cells (white blood cells) to kill bacteria.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Acute spinal cord injury (SCI) is due to a traumatic injury that can either result in a bruise (also called a contusion), a partial tear, or a complete tear (called a transection) in the spinal cord. SCI is more common in men and young adults. There are about 12,000 new cases of SCI each year. In the U.S., there are over 250,000 people living with a spinal cord injury.
SCI results in a decreased or absence of movement, sensation, and body organ function below the level of the injury. The most common sites of injury are the cervical and thoracic areas. SCI is a common cause of permanent disability and death in children and adults.
Clinical studies have shown that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) improves motor function in patients with spinal cord injury.
HBOT may promote faster healing in common sports injuries such as:
- High Ankle Sprains
- Pulled Muscles
- Achilles Tendinitis
HBOT is being studied in the treatment of concussion and post-concussion syndrome with promising results. Concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury, is a common sports injury. In concussion, the brain tissue is bruised when it impacts the inflexible skull due to a blow or jolt to the head causing an inflammatory response and swelling of the tissue as the brain responds to injury. The rationale for the use HBOT is based on its ability to dramatically increase, by 2-3 times, the delivery of oxygen to injured brain tissues to promote healing, and reduce swelling, inflammation and increased pressure in the brain.
The staff at Oklahoma Oasis HBOT continue to be professional, polite, and sensitive to my needs. They have literally contributed to saving my life and improving my mental and physical health unlike anything I have experienced. I am alive today because of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and my quality of life is better now than ever before in my life. The damaging effects of the numerous traumatic brain injuries I experienced no longer define my present nor my future. Thank you Oklahoma Oasis. You have been a God send!
We had an incredible experience at Oasis. Our teenage daughter was bitten by a brown recluse and headed downhill over the course of a week. With three dives in a 24 hour period, her rebound was incredible. After two more dives, she was totally out of the woods and ultimately ended up with a barely noticeable scar half the size of a grain of rice. The initial ER visit was a waste of time and money.
We built a photo documented report with details of the ordeal and treatment for them to use for promotion. We’re so grateful for the service because it saved our daughter from a lot of pain and what looked like the onset of necrosis. She was able to enjoy our 4th of July vacation.
The staff is great and they worked with us to get time-sensitive treatment. Thank God for the whole crew and the business!
protocol. She completed 80 "dives" in about 6 months' time and we saw a HUGE difference in her. Memory, behavior, sleep, physical, everything was positively affected, and has remained so even four months after treatment. She still has a long ways to go, but we will continue to bring her to Oklahoma Oasis for hyperbaric O2 treatments whenever we're able. Everyone at the clinic has become like family to us. They love our daughter (now 8 yrs old) so much and treat her like royalty. They care about everything from her comfort in the chamber to her overall recovery. Sharon, Lenore, Savannah, Hannah, Paul and Greg are amazing! I'm so happy God led us to this clinic and these treatments for our precious daughter. If you have ever been curious about hyperbaric oxygen treatments, I encourage you to contact the clinic for more info.
Honest words from a thankful mom,
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