Diseases and Conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Scientific research and clinical practice have proven hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to be safe and effective for a number of medical conditions. They are shown as Approved conditions in the list below.

For other diseases and conditions the clinical evidence for hyperbaric oxygen ranges from Promising to None. The HyperbaricLink Evidence Index Rating shows the current status of published medical research into those conditions, known as “unapproved”, “off-label” or “investigational” conditions.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be expensive. Unapproved or “off-label” treatment is usually not covered by insurance.

 Like all medical procedures, HBOT can cause complications and side-effects. Start your self-guided research here, but consult a qualified physician before undertaking treatment.

Information in the directory
  • ▷ Definition and causes
  • ▷ Hyperbaric oxygen approval status
  • ▷ Treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • ▷ Patient resources and links to websites
  • ▷ Clinical resources and database queries
  • ▷ News and learning resources

 Follow the links below to access information on specific diseases and conditions.

Medical Condition Approved? Evidence Index
Rating

Embolism (bubbles in blood or tissue)

Air or Gas Embolism

Yes Approved

Decompression Sickness

Yes Approved

Hypoxia (lack of oxygen)

Acute Mountain Sickness

Yes Approved

Anemia

Yes Approved

Infections

Actinomycosis (lumpy jaw)

Yes Approved

Gas Gangrene

Yes Approved

Intracranial Abscess (brain infections)

Yes Approved

Lyme Disease

No None

Necrotizing Infections

Yes Approved

Osteomyelitis (bone infection)

Yes Approved

Ischemia (inadequate blood flow)

Acute Coronary Syndrome

No Promising

Acute Traumatic Ischemias

Yes Approved

Compartment Syndrome

Yes Approved

Crush Injuries

Yes Approved

Skin Grafts and Flaps

Yes Approved

Neurological Issues

Alzheimer's Disease

No None

Autism

No None

Cerebral Palsy

No None

Migraine

No Scant

Multiple Sclerosis

No None

Parkinson's Disease

No None

Stroke

No Scant

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Yes Approved

Tinnitus

No None

Traumatic Brain Injury

No Scant

Vascular Dementia

No Scant

Pain and Inflammation

Arthritis

No Scant

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

No None

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

No Scant

Fibromyalgia

No Scant

Poisoning

Envenomation (spider and reptile bite)

No None

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Yes Approved

Cyanide Poisoning

Yes Approved

Smoke Inhalation

No Promising

Problem Wounds

Chronic Wounds

Yes Approved

Diabetic Ulcers

Yes Approved

Radionecrosis (cancer therapy wounds)

Yes Approved

Thermal Injuries

Frostbite

No None

Thermal Burns

Yes Approved
Treatment Centers

The HyperbaricLink directory includes hundreds of hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment centers in the United States. Listings include hospital-based, outpatient, and independent clinics. Use the directory to find a facilty near you.

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Clearance and 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.

About Clearance and Approval
“Off-Label” Treatment

The HyperbaricLink directory of diseases and conditions includes 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 or HBOEvidence independent scientific organizations;
  • ▷ Common promotional claims and anecdotal reports that patients are being treated, indicating that prospective patients may be searching the internet for relevant information.

 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.

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 02 May 2015.
www.uhms.org/resources/hbo-indications.html
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: 12 Aug 2015 12:49 PM
Created: 25 Jul 2011 12:00 AM
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