Auto accidents can leave victims with serious injuries – some of which come with life changing effects. Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy (HBOT) can help such victims recover from a variety of crush related injuries in a swift non-invasive manner. This scientifically proven treatment method has been approved for use in the treatment of a variety of physical injuries and conditions; and, is covered by a number of insurers across various states, as well as Medicaid and Medicare.
To find out more about Hyperbaric Chamber Therapy, including what it is, and how it can help car accident victims, read on below.
What Is Hyperbaric Chamber Therapy?
In a nutshell, hyperbaric chamber therapy is a non-invasive way of treating a variety of injuries and chronic conditions in which body tissues are starved of oxygen. When receiving this treatment, the patient is required to enter a special chamber and breathe in pure oxygen (oxygen rich air) that is supplied at 1.5 to 3 times of normal air pressure. This helps force more oxygen into the blood. The main aim of this treatment method is to saturate the blood with enough oxygen to allow the body to repair itself naturally.
While this treatment method was initially used to treat an individual suffering from a serious case of flu back in the 1920s, it has been used to treat carbon monoxide poisoning victims as well as divers suffering from decompression sickness, over the years. As it stands, hyperbaric chamber therapy has been approved for the treatment of a long list of conditions and injuries, including crush related injuries.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy normally uses two main types of chambers.
The Monoplace chamber is made up of a long plastic tube that is similar to an in MRI machine in terms of appearance and general dimensions. The chamber, which is gradually pressurized with 100 percent oxygen, is designed to accommodate a single patient.
On the other hand, the Multiplace chamber is designed to accommodate two or more patients during treatment. Patients breathe in oxygen through hoods or masks when using the chamber – which is more or less the same as the one described above.
Hyperbaric Chamber Therapy And Auto Accidents
As a motor vehicle accident victim, you may end up with a variety of injuries including:
– Broken Bones
– Pulled Muscles
– Head Injuries
– Back Pain
– Neck Pain
– Damaged Tendons And,
– Scratches And Bruises
HBOT can be quite useful in the healing of these injuries, even though some other form of treatment may be required to treat some of them at first. After a car accident, damaged tissue may be starved of oxygen due to a number of reasons. For instance, the tissue may not be getting a supply of oxygen that is rich enough. Alternatively, the damaged tissue may have a diminished capacity of carrying/delivering oxygen. It is possible to ensure that your body has all the oxygen it needs to recover from any and all of these injuries, by simply providing it with a consistently richer supply of oxygen.
How Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy Help Car Accident Victims?
– Faster Healing Of Wounds
By supplying oxygen starved tissue with oxygen rich plasma, HBOT facilitates faster healing. Physical injuries normally damage blood vessels that dump fluid into the surrounding tissue leading to cases of swelling. With time, tissue death occurs due to oxygen deprivation associated with the swelling. HBOT helps reduce swelling and also boosts oxygen supply to the damaged tissue; thus, promoting faster healing.
– Promotes Formation Of New Skin Cells And Connective Tissue
AS mentioned above, car accidents can cause serious damage to the skin, muscles and connective tissue in the body. HBOT is known to promote the formation of new collagen that plays a huge role in the healing of damaged skin and connective tissue. This occurs in a number of ways. For starters, this treatment method promotes the formation of new blood vessels. Furthermore, HBOT stimulates the production of vascular endothelial growth factor, and other substances that stimulate and attract healing endothelial cells.
– Boosts Immune System
As a highly effective treatment option, HBOT also boosts a patient’s immune system – which plays a huge role in their recovery after being involved in a car accident. In addition to improving the ability of white blood cells to find and fight any pathogens in the body, this therapy can also disable some toxins associated with some types of bacteria, by boosting oxygen levels in tissues. All in all, a stronger immune system is able to fight off pathogens and with it keep your wounds from being infected during the healing process.
– Preventing Reperfusion Injuries
Crush injuries, like those sustained by car accident victims, can lead to the release of harmful oxygen radicals when the flow of blood to tissues is interrupted. These radicals can cause a lot of tissue damage, including causing blood vessels to clamp up and halt blood supply. To facilitate faster healing, HBOT can promote the destruction of these oxygen radicals.
Is Hyperbaric Chamber Therapy Covered By Insurers?
As previously mentioned, hyperbaric chamber therapy is covered by a variety of insurers (including auto insurers) across the country. This treatment method is also covered by Medicaid and Medicare. However, it is recommended that you consult your insurer before scheduling the treatment, to ascertain whether your condition or injury is covered.
Hyperbaric Chamber Therapy Precautions
As beneficial as HBOT is for car accident victims, when it comes to facilitating faster natural healing of their injuries, this treatment method is not for everyone. Anyone suffering from certain types of lung disease, fever or cold, ear trauma or has recently undergone ear surgery should not undergo this treatment therapy.
HBOT can cause a number of serious complications including, sinus issues, eye damage or trauma to the middle ear. Oxygen poisoning – which can lead to a variety of separate issues – may occur in severe cases. With all that in mind, it is recommended that you consult your physician, to establish whether you are a good candidate for this treatment, before making a final decision on whether to proceed.
If you have been recently involved in a motor-vehicle accident that left you with all sorts of injuries, HBOT can facilitate faster and better recovery from your injuries, or any surgical procedures you had to undergo. This way, you can get back to your normal routine swiftly, where possible. To learn more about HBOT for car accident victims, contact Hyperbaric Chamber Therapy, Las Vegas, today.