Chronic Pain / Conditions
Poor Circulation (acute peripheral arterial insufficiency)
Poor circulation to the legs and arms is known as peripheral vascular disease. It is usually caused by arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis – both are names given to the process of “furring up” of the inside of the arteries with fatty deposits (a bit like how the inside of a kettle furs up). The symptom of pain in the legs, especially the calf muscles when walking, is called intermittent claudication.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works to rebuild inadequate blood supply and promote the growth of new blood vessels (angiogenesis). This can help with chronic pain in the limbs.
Exceptional Blood Loss (anemia)
Anemia is a lower than normal number of red blood cells in the blood, usually measured by a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the red pigment in red blood cells that transports oxygen. Patients with an exceptional loss of red blood cells from hemorrhage, hemolysis (the disruption of the integrity of the red cell membrane causing a release of hemoglobin), or aplasia (underdevelopment of the cells of tissue or an organ) are at risk for low oxygen levels resulting in a reduced ability to heal.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works to boost oxygen levels and treat patients who refuse a blood transfusion.