If you have been diagnosed with cancer and underwent radiation therapy along with other treatments, you would have seen other symptoms popping up as side effects that your doctors would have told you already. The symptoms vary depending on the area where the radiation therapy was performed.
Concussion is a type of mild or moderate traumatic brain injury caused due to a blow to the head (fall or accident) or due to severe shaking of the head (in an accident or during a free fall or even during a ride).
The researchers said that they have found a safe medical intervention that can address the unwanted consequences of age-related deterioration of cognitive functioning of the brain. They also believe that hyperbaric therapy can have great potential to treat other symptoms of ageing due to its regenerative effects.
Autism spectrum disorder refers to a spectrum of conditions in the development of the brain in children. The understanding of autism has been improving among the medical community and in some children, autism is a treatable condition. Autism doesn’t necessarily belong to the non-development or improper functioning of a particular part of the brain but to different parts of it and the body.
Peripheral nerve trauma refers to the injuries received by the peripheral nerves of the body. In mild injury cases, only the nerve fibers may have got damaged with little compression of the insulation tissue that lies above them. In case of severe injury to the nerves, the nerves and the tissues around it are badly damaged to an extent that sensation is lost in the area.
Did you know that 30% of COVID infected patients suffer from some kind of long term symptoms? In the UK alone, approximately 20 lakhs people are suffering from long covid symptoms that include brain fog, inability to concentrate, fatigue, weakness, loss of taste or smell, myocarditis etc.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy following PCP is associated with faster recovery as assessed by both patients and caregivers. So far, HBOT was mainly used in the treatment of problematic or chronic wounds. Our study suggests expanding the indications in which hyperbaric oxygen treatment is applicable and recommended
Flesh eating bacteria (also called necrotizing fasciitis) is a one of kind skin infection, typically caused by an injury or cut on the skin. The bacteria responsible for the infection is ‘Group A Streptococcus Bacteria (GAS)’ and it thrives by eating the skin and the tissue below it.
Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a condition wherein the arteries that supply blood to different parts of the body get clogged as a result of which the destination organ, typically legs, receive little blood flow. Lower flow of blood to legs (and hands) can cause pain.
Skin grafting is a surgical procedure that involves taking skin from one part of the body to replace lost or damaged skin on a different area. In free-transfer grafts procedure only a partial thickness of skin is taken from the ‘donor’ site to replace the damaged skin. In the rotation flaps procedure, complete thickness of skin is taken.
HBOT improves the penetration of antibiotics into the bone and stimulates osteogenesis. It has been noted that when the bones are infected, they are supplied with quite less amounts of oxygen than required.
HBOT – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy involves supplying a body with 100% pure medical grade oxygen at 2 times the normal atmospheric pressure. At this rate, a body is supplied with 5 to 10 times more oxygen at higher pressures as a result of which more oxygen gets dissolved in the red blood cells and in plasma. The excess oxygen is supplied to every needy cell and tissue in the body that can promote optimal functioning and repair of cells, tissues etc.
In a research done at Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel, scientists have discovered that after a certain number of sessions, the length of telomeres increased by 38% and the number of senescent cells dropped by 37%. That equals to taking back the age of cells by around 25 years. Isn’t that an amazing feat?
HBOT can help treat infertility in women suffering from issues with endometrium layer and men suffering from erectile dysfunction and with poor sperm quality parameters. HBOT optimizes the endometrial layer by supplying enough oxygen and formation of new blood vessels in the uterus lining that is required and also helps in flushing toxins that affect the thickness of endometrial layer.
The excess oxygen is supplied to every cell, tissue and muscle in the body including those in the brain. Most often, the infecting organisms thrive in no-oxygen zone. When oxygen is supplied to the brain cells and to the infected area, it helps in multiple ways.
Brain abscess is a collection of pus that forms when an area of the brain is infected or hurt. Brain abscess should be treated as a medical emergency failing which can result in functioning of certain body parts or may lead to death. Brain abscess is often seen in men under 30 years of age followed by children between 4 and 7 years.
Scientists in Israel genetically modified the genes of mice so that they get Alzheimer’s disease. Once the mice started showing symptoms of the disease, they were treated with HBOT every day for 2 weeks and the results were “Extremely Exciting”. The mice showed significant reduction in physical and behavioural symptoms after treating with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Thermal burns are burn injuries to the skin caused after getting in contact with hot surfaces or liquids or fire. Examples of thermal burns include, spilling of boiling oil or water on any part of the body, touching any hot flame or super heated metal, electrical burns etc.
1. Gas Gangrene
2. Thermal burns or any other serious burns
3. Intracranial Abscesses
4. Acute Traumatic Ischemia (ATI)
5. Gas Embolism
6. Radiation Damage (usually in patients who underwent cancer treatment)
7. Decompression sickness
8. Severe injuries where the muscles are crushed under heavy force
9. Infections that spread faster or kill soft tissue faster
10. Foot ulcers or wounds in diabetic patients
Note that only 0.04% (4 in every 10,000) of people who underwent HBOT have reported adverse side effects due to the therapy. Half of them had severe ear pain and a fourth of them had claustrophobia (fear of closed rooms/enclosures).
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that cause long term inflammation of the intestines. IBD is a lifelong complication and currently available treatment options are only to manage the symptoms. Types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease include Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis and Microscopic Colitis. IBD is commonly seen in people between 15 to 30 years of age.
2020 has passed and now 2021 has also passed but the world is still scrambling to find a cure or right vaccine for the novel Corona virus. The emerging variants seem to be more transmissible than the original one and the recent Omicron has become a variant of huge concern to every country and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Radiation injury is the damage to tissues caused due to exposure to high energy ionizing radiation, typically during treatment of other medical condition(s). Radiation treatment is a procedure in which the patient’s body part is exposed to high energy electromagnetic waves that can strip electrons from the atoms they hit, consequently changing their nature and structure.
How much does HBOT in Chennai cost per session?
Each HBOT session may cost from Rs.5000 to Rs.10,000 depending on the clinic and the duration of the session. Typically, the cost is calculated as a package for certain number of sessions the patient might need. That brings down the total cost of the treatment drastically down.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a condition when a person is subjected to inhaling carbon monoxide released from combustion of fuel, wood or other flammable items in a completely or partially closed space. Usually when a flammable item is burnt, it releases carbon monoxide which is typically an unstable gas. It immediately combines with oxygen present in the air to form carbon dioxide.
The diagnosis of TBI is done by measuring the impact of the injury on a Glasgow Coma Scale. The scale ranges from 3 to 15, higher the number, lesser the impact. When a person is admitted to the hospital due to a brain injury and if the person is awake, the first test done is to check if he/she is able to follow the directions of the nurse/doctor, move his/her eyes and limbs as instructed. Then the speech is tested. These can give important clues in assessing the extent of the damage that has happened.
TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury refers to the severe blow/injury to the head that affects the brain tissues and their functioning. This can due to the use of blunt force like hitting the head with a heavy object or when the head hits a hard object during an accident etc or due to piercing objects that pass through the skull and enter the brain damaging the brain tissues
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, HBOT, was first set up in the year 1662 to address respiratory problems in patients. Later in 1940s, HBOT was used as a standard to treat military divers in the United States when they suffer from DCI, decompression illness. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States has approved HBOT for 13 conditions and it is in the process of approving HBOT for more.
Brain stroke is a medical emergency condition wherein the blood supply/flow to the brain is disrupted due to various reasons. As the blood supply drops, the brain cells in the corresponding areas with low or nearly no blood supply start to die resulting in loss of functionality of body parts, speech problems, paralysis and sometimes death.
Anoxic Brain Injury is a condition when the brain is deprived of oxygen supply as a result of which the brain cells start dying approximately after four minutes. Anoxic Brain Injury can be caused due to several reasons such as carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning etc which we will look at in detail in this article.
Ischemia is a condition when not enough blood flows to a particular part of the body. Trauma (such as a crush injury or thermal injury/burns) to any limb or any other muscular part of the body can damage the tissues directly and indirectly.
Wound is damage to the skin and/or the internal tissues and muscles on any part of the body. Wounds are broadly classified into closed and open wounds. Closed wounds refer to those injuries that have damaged the internal tissues but the skin remain intact or with very little visible damage. Examples of closed wounds are injuries that bleed internally, high impact thrust during an accident etc.
Gangrene is the death of tissues in the body. Clostridial Myonecrosis is one type of gas gangrene caused by the infection of Clostridium bacteria. It is often life threatening when treatment is delayed. The bacteria releases toxins into the skin cells, tissues and blood vessels that result in the death of the tissues and along with it, gas is released.
Actinomycosis is an infectious disease which can spread from one part of our body to another through the tissues. It can cause abscesses, pain and inflammation of the infected tissue. Actinomycosis is caused by bacterium that is already present in our bodies but in select places such as mouth, throat, digestive and urinary tracts. For any reason, if the bacterium is able to travel to different tissues of the body, it can cause the said conditions.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a procedure where the patient/person is made to sit/lie down in a chamber filled with 100% Oxygen at 2 to 3 times the normal atmospheric pressure. As more Oxygen is taken in at higher pressures, more oxygen gets dissolved in the red blood cells and also in blood plasma and gets distributed to body organs, even with the existing lower number of RBC.
Did you know that world famous football player Chistiano Ronaldo took up HBOT to recover from his knee injury and he was able to recover faster than any other player with similar injury? When athletes train or play, they stress their body and push it off the limits to become a winner. After intense training or a game, their bodies require adequate time to recover to get ready for another session.
Men suffering from erectile dysfunction due to the damage of blood vessels are good candidates for treatment with HBOT. In a study performed on 30 men aged around 60 years who were suffering from erectile dysfunction were put on to 40 HBOT sessions. At the end of the study, erectile function was significantly improved by 88%.
Brain Stroke is a condition when a part of your brain dies off and the body parts controlled by that part don’t respond anymore. Not many things are known about a human brain and it’s exact functionality. Just like any other tissue or muscle in the body, brain tissues also need continuous supply of blood and oxygen for survival and functioning. Cut off the blood supply to any part of the brain and that part dies off in a matter of minutes.
HBOT helps in angiogenesis that ensures perfect health to the ovaries, eggs and the uterus.
Healthy egg means, better fertilization and healthy uterus ensures better implanted embryo and it’s development into a baby.
In a study performed on patients suffering from fibromyalgia, who were not able to get their symptoms under control with conventional drug therapies were picked and put under trials. The study put the individuals through 20 hyperbaric sessions at a pressure of 2.5 times that of atmospheric pressure. The result in most individuals was highly encouraging as the pain significantly came down.
Summary As more people start playing sports, the more get injured. Injury varies from simple swelling to joint dislocation or traumatic brain injury As per research, HBOT has shown promising results in healing sports injuries and helped people return to their favourite sport sooner. In the last decade, competitive sports have become more popular than…
HBOT, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy involves a person spending 90 minutes (typically called a session) in a pure Oxygen filled chamber at a pressure nearly twice or thrice that of atmospheric pressure. This results in additional supply of oxygen to every tissue and cell in the body even to those places where the haemoglobin was not…
Anemia is a condition when a person is not having enough haemoglobin (a protein in red blood cells) in his/her blood to carry and supply oxygen to tissues, muscles and other parts of the body. Anemia may be a temporary condition in some and chronic in some people. Treatment for anemia depends on the type…
Heard of quotes like “40s is the new 20”, “40 is awesome”, “you are 50 years young!” etc? Whatever people may say, the fact that your body is aging is undeniable. Physical stamina/strength and cognitive abilities will decline. This is common to everyone. The only difference is, for some, this happens faster and for some,…
Brain wound or injury is a serious health problem where an insult or trauma to the brain is caused by external mechanical forces. Significant levels of cognitive, behavioral and communicative disabilities are the possible impacts of brain injury. Because of the complexity of brain injury, daily clinical practice has not offered any effective treatment/intervention till…
Brain Strokes are similar to heart strokes. Brain strokes prevent blood from flowing to some parts of the brain. The brain areas that do not receive enough blood will be deprived of oxygen and die eventually. 20% of the oxygen inhaled is used by the brain, you can understand how important is the supply of…
Since the arrival of COVID 19, various alternative treatment methods have contributed solutions to the humans of the world. The key is to opt for an alternate treatment method with supporting scientific evidence and proven results. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one such method. It is gaining increasing significance in treating COVID-19. Hyperbaric oxygen regulates…