The nature of Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis makes it difficult to treat. This is because it can be a bacterial or fungal infection of the bone. The disease can be present anywhere within the body, and if affected in the skull, spine or sternum, the patient has a high mortality risk due to the ease of spreading infection. Using Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis as an addition to treatment has many advantages.
How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is used to increase the amount of oxygen in the body. This is done via a hyperbaric chamber, which delivers 100% pure oxygen around the body under increased atmospheric pressure.
HBOT saturates the oxygen in the body at a cellular level, meaning that the blood cells increase their oxygen count. The benefits of HBOT include increased oxygen levels in the brain, meaning that the body’s overall metabolic functions are stimulated to function more efficiently. For example, in the case of Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis, the body is stimulated to counteract the infections by:
- Activating angiogenesis, which is the formation of new blood vessels.
- Activating stem cell release, which helps to boost the immune system and replace damaged cells.
- Increasing perfusion, which helps the cells to retrieve nutrients more quickly.
Patients lie inside a clear plastic tube where the pressure is increased. The pressure inside the chamber is 2-2.5 times higher than normal, encouraging your body’s healing process to speed up significantly. Length of sessions can vary depending on treatment protocol, but HBOT sessions can last roughly two hours.
How Does This Treatment Affect Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis?
Because of the low blood cell count in the bone marrow, it is difficult to circulate medicine to treat the affected area, and this is where HBOT comes in.
HBOT aims to increase blood flow and circulation to intensify the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Because red blood cells carry oxygen around the body, it is imperative that infected areas have enough oxygen to heal, and this means that the oxygenated blood cells must be present.
HBOT stimulates natural healing processes using the natural chemical oxygen, and so it is safe to use in conjunction with other treatments that are meant for Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis. The most common treatment methods are administration of antibiotics and surgical removal of the infected area. Although both methods target the affected area, both have their own disadvantages that can be addressed through using HBOT.
For surgery, the disadvantage is that it takes a while for the wound to heal. Surgery that is done to the bone means that a surgeon would have to go through a lot of other tissues to reach the bone marrow, which means you have more to heal. However, in conjunction with HBOT, not only will healing speed up, but healing will be more effective due to the therapy’s stimulation of cell repair.
In terms of antibiotics, it takes a while for antibiotics to reach the area and take effect. Having hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the ability for the body to absorb antibodies, making it an ideal all-round natural treatment that is pain free.
The benefits of using HBOT in conjunction with other traditional medical treatment methods for Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis are apparent. For more information, or to book a consultation, contact RegenQuest at (954) 571-9392.