Clinical Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy was introduced in the 1950’s and has grown as a treatment option for patients suffering from a variety of ailments. The word "hyperbaric" is a combination of the latin prefix "hyper," meaning great, or excessive, and the suffix "baric," meaning pressure. Thus, "hyperbaric" means greater than atmospheric pressure. The treatment is carried out in a chamber that is compressed with 100% pure oxygen. The patient receives all the benefits of this pure oxygen by simply breathing in and out normally.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is used to treat a wide range of conditions. There are currently fourteen conditions treatable with hyperbaric oxygen therapy that are recognized by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and the FDA. However, there are numerous other conditions that are documented with scientific evidence that are not currently FDA approved.
The following is a list of the conditions that are FDA approved for treatment with hyperbaric therapy
The following is a list of many conditions with documented benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy but not approved by the FDA and therefore referred to as “off-label”.