Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
HBOT for CRPS
How does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy relate to CRPS? Is it possible to successfully treat CRPS patients with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
In this section we will explore this exciting new area of treatment for CRPS patients and present the latest information, articles, studies, etc. and help you make an informed decision.
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY – HBOT
“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (abbreviated HBOT) is a medical treatment that uses pure oxygen to speed and enhance the body’s natural ability to heal.” “During therapy, the patient breathes pure, 100% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. (The air we normally breathe contains only 19-21% of this essential element.) The concentration of oxygen normally dissolved in the bloodstream is thus raised many times above normal (up to 2000%). In addition to the blood, all body fluids including the lymph and cerebrospinal fluids are infused with the healing benefits of this molecular oxygen. It can reach bone and tissues which are inaccessible to red blood cells, enhance white blood cell function, and promote the formation of new capillary and peripheral blood vessels. This results in increased infection control and faster healing of a wide range of conditions.”
As Doctor Allan Spiegel of National Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy discusses on his website, “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has proven itself to be a very viable option to treat reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). Numerous articles in the medical literature have shown the reduction in pain and swelling associated with RSD and a return of function using hyperbaric oxygen. Best of all for CRPS patients, this is accomplished without the need for painful injections, narcotics, or surgical implants for pain management. Most RSD sufferers find that following the first few treatments they are able to achieve a full night’s sleep for the first time in years. They then notice the decreased need for narcotics, improved thinking, with a diminished depression. The swelling of the effected arm or leg associated with RSD diminishes and they are able to start physical therapy with marked improvement in muscle strength. Many people afflicted with CRPS have then been able to return to a happier and more productive life, frequently returning to their prior occupation.
Unfortunately, most people who suffer from CRPS only receive pain management. This means being prescribed various narcotics, and antidepressants. Then CRPS patients must start on a long and frequent schedule of stellate ganglion /sympathetic blocks. With exception of a few fortunate CRPS sufferers who respond to these injection, this expensive therapy is repeated weekly or monthly for the rest of the CRPS patient’s life. When CRPS sufferers fail to respond to these blocks, the patient is referred for morphine pump implants or spinal stimulators which cost more than $30,000 to implant and requires ongoing physician management on a monthly basis to make the proper adjustments. The pain management specialists usually pontificate the success that is achieved with these treatments. Yet, if they are so successful, then why do CRPS patients need 50 -200 stellate ganglion blocks, and why do most spinal stimulators do and morphine pumps fail to control the pain.
HBOT is not currently approved by the FDA for use on CRPs patients so most insurance companies will not pay for it although there are a great many studies across the internet where you can find amazing results by CRPs patients who have undergone HBO Therapy. Do your research, see what you find.
(information supplied by National Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center) Dr Allan Spiegel’s website.
Hyperbaric Healing Institute provides state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical procedure that involves the patient being placed in a completely enclosed chamber in which the atmosphere is controlled and the patient is able to breathe pure 100 percent oxygen. This level exceeds atmospheric pressure. The hyperbaric process places oxygen in places within the body at a cellular level, and also where the circulation might be blocked. HBOT therapy is not painful and it is not an invasive procedure. HBOT therapy can be used in conjunction with other medical treatments as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Learn More