Sport Injury Healing
HBOT and Injury Recovery
Injuries sustained from playing sports are some of the most common around, and the effects – especially in the case of concussions and other kinds of head trauma – can last forever. All of us have played sports at one time or another. Most of us have seen an injury or two. Maybe we’ve even been unfortunate enough to have been permanently knocked out of play because of a collision or a bad fall.
Enter Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Hyperbaric oxygen has long been known to reduce inflammation, stimulate the production of new blood vessels, increase the amount of skin stem cells and collagen, and, in short, help the body – brain included – to heal. What’s not to like about that?
Broken bones, torn ligaments, concussions: all of these have established treatment regimens that likely carry on for months until – hopefully – the athlete is ready to play again, or at least have with enough mobility to make a living. When HBOT is used alongside the standard medical and naturopathic treatments, patients recover substantially faster than with conventional treatment alone. The sooner they start HBOT, the better the end result, the more likely they are to make a full, solid recovery.
Brain injuries are a different matter, and are especially serious. A bad concussion can be life threatening. At best it will be life altering, changing the way in which the athlete’s brain operates for the rest of his or her life. They may experience difficulty focusing, poor memory, even some symptoms that are reminiscent of early Parkinson’s disease. Once again, the sooner HBOT starts, the better the end result.
So what about all those people who sustained a head injury way back when they were teenagers, or the professional football player who was forced into retirement due to a concussion ten years ago? This is where HBOT gets even better: former football players still suffering the effects of concussions more than a decade after their injuries showed marked improvement in mental functioning after Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. The same is true of soldiers who sustained injuries from explosive blasts!
At the Nardella clinic in Calgary, we recommend Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for sports injuries; it’s effective, it’s safe, and there’s no such thing as “too late”.