Hyperbaric therapy has been shown to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and other chronic pain disorders. Some physicians may prescribe hyperbaric therapy off-label as an adjunct or alternative to drug treatments and other common arthritis therapies. In the patients with rheumatoid arthritis under HBT therapy, the SOD activity was increased, whereas lipoperoxide values were decreased. Furthermore, ESR and Lansbury’s index showed a remarkable recovery.These results suggest that HBT therapy may be an effective treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Hyperbaric oxygen is used to treat all conditions which benefit from increased tissue oxygen availability and infections where oxygen can be used for its antibiotic properties, either as the primary therapy, or in conjunction with other drugs.