Hyperbaric Treatment Center
The indications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can be categorized into two groups. Those that are typically treated in hospitals and are often covered under provincial healthcare plans labeled "Traditional Uses".They are mostly acute conditions and the patient may be unstable. The other category are those conditions which have scientific backing however are not yet fully recognized or treated in hospital called "Off-Label Uses".
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established medical treatment. In
April 2005, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society recognized the
therapy as an effective treatment for 13 specific conditions:
- carbon monoxide poisoning
- gas gangrene;
- crush injury, Compartment Syndrome (e.g., frostbite);
- decompression sickness (the bends);
- healing of problem wounds (such as diabetic foot ulcers);
- exceptional blood loss (anemia);
- intracranial abscess
- necrotizing soft tissue infections
- osteomyelitis (bone infection);
- delayed radiation injury
- thermal burns
These 13 conditions are approved for treatment by the FDA and Health Canada. And when performed at a hospital, they may be covered by OHIP.
Off label uses of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy have been around for decades, in some cases countless studies have been undertaken, in other cases many hyperbaric clinics around the world have obtained the same positive results. These conditions are not yet recognized by Health Canada since research is still being gathered but the results speak for themselves in theory and in practice. There are over 150 internationally treated off label conditions for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Here is a list of a few with the best clinical results to date.
Pressure Inc. - Hyperbaric Treatment Centre makes no claims as to
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy efficacy for any indication, other than the
thirteen indications approved by the FDA. Information within this site
is provided for
informational and educational purposes only. This information is not
meant to substitute for the advice provided by your personal physician
or any other medical professional. You should not use the information contained
herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or
prescribing any medication. If you have or suspect that you have a
medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.
The treatment of off-label conditions is still considered experimental, even though many studies and case reports have showed success.
When undergoing HBOT for an off-label indication, please remember that the treatment is for general health purposes and not for the specific treatment of a medical condition.
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Some conditions have been grouped into pages and others have their studies shown here.