Diseases and Conditions Treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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Power your self-guided research. HyperbaricLink is the best place to start learning about treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We provide more patient resources and more links to published medical research, clinical trials, and other reliable sources of information than any other web resource.

Follow the links below for more information.

Information We Provide

Each of our detailed diseases and conditions pages includes:

  • Description and causes,
  • Treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy,
  • FDA clearance and UHMS approval status,
  • Evidence Index summary of the state of clinical evidence,
  • Links to the best condition-specific patient information and advocacy resources,
  • Links to clinical information resources and preloaded searches for published research on hyperbaric oxygen therapy,
  • Selected further reading and learning resources,
  • Latest news on the condition and its treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and
  • A direct link to our entire news archive about the disease or condition.

Why we include off-label diseases and conditions

We include all the approved uses of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We also include off-label diseases and conditions for which we find at least one of the following:

  • Clinical evidence published in peer-reviewed journals and indexed in the PubMed.gov catalog;
  • On-going or recently completed clinical trials listed with the ClinicalTrials.gov registry;
  • Reviews published by the Cochrane Collaboration or HBOEvidence independent scientific organizations;
  • Common promotional claims and anecdotal reports that patients are being treated.
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We make it clear when the clinical evidence does not support the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. See the Evidence Index rating and HyperbaricLink Commentary on each page for specifics.

Learn More About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy »

New to hyperbaric oxygen therapy? Our About HBOT section provides more information about evidence-based hyperbaric oxygen therapy than any other web resource. There you'll find explanations of:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy basics and physiology,
  • Treatment center types,
  • Hyperbaric chamber types,
  • Cost and insurance reimbursement.

Find a Treatment Center »

Use our hyperbaric treatment center directory to find:

  • Treated diseases and conditions,
  • Treatment center type,
  • 24/7 access,
  • Trauma center level (for hospital treatment centers),
  • UHMS accreditation status,
  • Contact information,
  • Location and map.

*About Approval

We use easily recognizable names for diseases and conditions, but the specifically approved use of hyperbaric oxygen is quite narrowly defined within some of these broad categories of illness and injury. More detail can be found on the page for each disease or condition.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relies on the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) for guidance on the safety and effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for specific clinical indications.

Manufacturers of hyperbaric chambers must receive FDA clearance to market their devices for the treatment of these UHMS-approved diseases and conditions.

Licensed physicians and healthcare institutions may legally use an FDA-cleared hyperbaric chamber to treat unapproved or “off-label” diseases and conditions. It is illegal to promote or advertise such uses.

One may reasonably question the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of diseases and conditions that have not been approved by the UHMS.

Ask a qualified physician if hyperbaric oxygen therapy is right for your condition.

Learn more about FDA clearance and UHMS approval »

Introducing the HyperbaricLink Evidence Index™

The HyperbaricLink Evidence Index provides a quick reference on the state of clinical evidence on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for many off-label diseases and conditions.

For some off-label indications the medical literature strongly supports further research and investigational use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For others the clinical evidence is weak (scant) or totally lacking (none).

The more you know about the clinical evidence, the better you can participate in your healthcare, work with your physician, and help advance evidence-based hyperbaric oxygen therapy research.

Sources
Australia and New Zealand Hyperbaric Medicine Group (ANZHMG), Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Retrieved 21 October 2011.
www.rah.sa.gov.au/hyperbaric/ox_therapy.php
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
www.uhms.org/?page=Indications
US Food and Drug Administration, Device Approvals and Clearances. Retrieved 21 October 2011. www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/DeviceApprovalsandClearances/default.htm
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Updated: 20 Jun 2013 07:14 PM
Created: 25 Jul 2011 12:00 AM
By: About the authors »