Whether you are a marathon runner, football player, or avid golf player, you are always at risk of injury. You want to be on top of the game and are constantly pushing harder and faster, but what happens when you are injured? How long are you stuck out of the game? Sprains, breaks, and tears can cost you months from doing what you love, sometimes having to give it up altogether. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a great treatment for athletic recovery after an injury.
How can Hyperbaric Oxygen Help?
By going under pressure, oxygen is forced to dissolve into the plasma and get to the injured areas, saturating the hypoxic tissue, muscle, and bone. This forces the inflammation to go down and the growth of new blood vessels forcing accelerated healing, which reduces bruising, swelling and pain. Increased oxygen also stimulates stem cells and reduces lactic acid.
What are you waiting for? Let us help you get back in the game now. To learn more about hyperbaric oxygen treatment for athletic recovery, call 757-452-3934.
Hyperbaric oxygen effects on sports injuries
The role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in sports medicine
Provided by Hyperbarics of the Low Country
The news was bad. My orthopedist reported the ankle sprain that I suffered during my school basketball game was the most serious of its kind – a Grade III, requiring immobilization in a hard cast and possibly months to heal before returning to sports. Understanding the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and knowing that high profile, professional athletes have used it to accelerate recovery, my dad, immediately contacted Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry and within 24 hours of my injury, I started HBOT. My pain was quickly gone and the swelling was dramatically decreased. Under the care of a physical therapist, I soon progressed to a walking boot and was able to shed it in one third of the projected time. By the end of week three, after a series of 15 HBO treatments, I was solidly into recovery and was able to press forward with rehab by running on the treadmill. In a little over four weeks, I was cleared to return to the court.
The whole concept made sense to me. Scientifically trained, with a 30+ year career in research and development, I was aware of the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. I had also followed the success stories of professional athletes being treated for injuries with HBOT. After undergoing extensive open back surgery that involved five vertebral discs, my recovery was unremarkable but still entailed a great deal of post-op pain and stiffness. I began twice daily HBOT treatments 18 days after surgery. The benefits that I experienced were extremely fast healing of my large surgical incision and the ability to significantly decrease the heavy doses of medication needed to control pain. Each succeeding day of treatment brought added relief from pain and stiffness. After a total of 8 days in treatment, my improvement was so substantial that I was functionally a different person. I would recommend anyone recovering from surgery should strongly consider HBOT as a route to accelerating recovery and the healing process.
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