HBOT and Bone Healing

November 25, 2021

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (or HBOT) increases and improves bone regeneration. Those that have suffered sports injuries, as well as post radiation complications that affect the bone can receive and benefit from HBOT. 

100% medical grade oxygen under slight pressure in a hyperbaric chamber promotes bone  healing, due to the increased levels of oxygen in blood cells. On an injured bone, HBOT improves the healing process by increasing collagen formation and increasing the activity of the osteoclast and osteoblast of the bone matrix. Old cells die off, within the bone, and new bone cells will form. HBOT facilitates bone regeneration in many circumstances. Here https://bit.ly/3xbAT2g explains how HBOT can assist in bone healing and regeneration. 

In bones, fibroblasts are located in connective tissue. These secrete collagen proteins. When they are given more oxygen, collagen production increases, and healing can occur. If there is bone death, for instance after radiation therapy, increased oxygen supply from a hyperbaric chamber will be able to increase blood supply to the damaged tissue and bone, especially in conjunction with bone grafting treatments. 

Other cells like osteoblasts and osteoclasts are involved in bone repair. These types of cells work together to heal the bone tissue. It has been observed that when HBOT is applied, the osteoblast formation was seen to increase in patients. Then, the affect on osteoclasts increase as well. The osteoclasts are responsible for bone reabsorption. These work together in bone repair. The Science page discusses this process further on our site: https://hyperbaricoxygentherapy.com/patient-info#5

One of our bone healing patients, Dorina Vaccaroni, broke her tibia in a cycling race. As an athlete, she was disappointed that she might have to stop working for 2 months to let it heal. She heard that hyperbaric therapy is good for bones, so she found us online. She came to Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC. After about 10 days, she went back to her doctor to see if she needed an X-ray, and it was no longer needed. She was incredibly grateful! Here’s the full testimonial: https://bit.ly/3nNNXba

HBOT has real world applications. Supplying oxygen to non-healing wounds, meaning any injury that does not heal correctly or at all, can begin the healing process to the wound at the cellular level. Patients enjoy a relaxing experience in their chamber during the treatment process. Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC is a woman-owned, award-winning hyperbaric oxygen clinic. Contact us for more information, and visit our socials on Facebook and Instagram, located at the top of the page. 

Pain Reduction with HBOT

November 20, 2021

The pain relief benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) have been proven by thorough research over the  years. When cells are being given a greater oxygen supply, inflammation is reduced, stem cell production is increased 8 fold, and nerve endings are repaired so the healing can become more efficient. Thus, the patient’s pain from the injury decreases over time as they heal. 

One simply cannot go to any oxygen chamber for these pain reducing benefits. A patient needs to go to a medical grade hyperbaric facility operated by licensed medical professionals that is well maintained to the highest standards. The chambers must use medical grade oxygen and be at proven pressures so the patient can receive the best benefits from the medical grade hard chambers. If these systems are in place, the FDA approves Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)  for certain conditions. 

The science of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been around for 350 years. HBOT has been proven to decrease pain in many different types of pain syndromes, such as those caused by injury, non-healing wounds, burns, sonic injuries, radiation damage, infection injury and much more.  According to a pilot study, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32947434/, HBOT significantly reduced pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients. Range of motion also increases when inflammation is lowered. Along with RA pain, HBOT is being researched to help with other conditions like lupus, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. HBOT at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC can improve Quality of Life for many patients. 

As with RA, HBOT is being considered for those suffering from Lyme Disease. Not only does the increased oxygen kill the bacteria, but HBOT also helps the patients reduce  their suffering from the disease as well, improving their quality of life. Gayle L was a patient at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC, and discovered she had Lyme Disease. “When I came in for my first treatment and met the rest of the team- I knew I was going to be okay and well taken care of no matter who was in the driver’s seat!…I thought for a few days that I had a temperature because I just felt “warm” inside. I realized I hadn’t felt what it felt like for my immune system and body to be working- I am feeling what “normal” feels like.” Gayle described that she began to feel much better after session 30. Talk to your doctor or to one of our physicians to see if your condition could benefit from HBOT, and our team can answer your  questions on how it can reduce your inflammation and aid in the healing process. 

The sooner the patient discovers HBOT, the faster healing can occur, and pain cycles can be improved or stopped all together. You have the ability to help others alleviate suffering right now, share this information and change lives.  

For our patients’ benefit, Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC, is contracted with many insurance companies, who pay for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy depending on the condition that needs to be treated. There are a number of FDA approved conditions that indicate when HBOT is covered by insurance. Other situations and conditions are undergoing  research,  testing, and pier review.

See the list below of the insurance covered conditions: 

  • Non-healing Wounds
  • Post Radiation Effects
  • Air or gas Embolism
  • Acute Traumatic Ischemia
  • Acute Anemia, Exceptional Blood Loss Anemia
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Comprised Skin Flaps
  • Cyanide Poisoning
  • Decompression Sickness
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Necrotizing Infections
  • Radiation Effects
  • Some Cases of Osteomyelitis
  • Some Non-Healing Wounds, Diabetes, Diabetic Foot
  • Thermal or Extensive Burns

Some  HBOT facilities are not covered by insurance. Their staff are not Nationally Certified or educated in Hyperbaric Medicine, their physicians are not credentialed by Insurance Companies or back ground checks, and they are not using equipment regulated by the FDA. Do your research as to which facility can be covered by your insurance. According to fda.gov, “The FDA regulates both the oxygen used in HBOT and the hyperbaric chambers…” We make sure to cover all the bases on our end to give the patient the most high quality, best  and safest HBOT experience while following hospital standards of care.

Here are just a few of the Insurance Companies that Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC is contracted with:

  • United Health Care
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • MEDICARE
  • CANOPY

There are some questions you can ask your insurance provider before beginning your HBOT treatment. Does your provider cover your specific condition under HBOT? What cost do they cover? How many HBOT treatments will your insurance cover or provide for you?  Once your provider approves your treatment, you may either have to pay a copay or use your deductible depending on the policy that you chose. Many times the patient pays nothing out of pocket.

We have a billing team that rocks in dealing with insurance coverage, they have made the process as simple as possible to get insurance to cover Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy when warranted.

What is the process for getting started? First, IF you have a condition that is approved by your insurance, one of our very experienced physicians in Hyperbaric Medicine will do a thorough medical history, current symptom and medications review and if warranted will prescribe HBOT treatment for you.

Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC takes the appropriate steps to be approved, beginning with our health and safety regulations, the medical grade  oxygen we use and the medical grade hard chambers operated by our Licensed and certified staff. If you or someone you know could benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, please let them know that we take  insurance! It is a wonderful benefit for patients when insurance can cover treatment.

Vance G. of Novato suffered post-radiation effects of stage 4 tongue cancer which kept his jaw from healing. He stated, “Radiation and teeth removal from my stage 4 tongue cancer treatments affected my jaw from healing…the staff was exceptional. They were all professional and very caring. It made my whole experience comfortable.” The full testimonial is on our website, under “Testimonials.” People every day are discovering the simplicity of hyperbaric medicine, with very real results. Here at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC we set the highest standards for our patients. Please schedule a consultation today!