Osteomyelitis


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Oxygen Therapy for Osteomyelitis


Osteomyelitis is an infection that usually causes pain in the long bones in the legs. Other bones, such as those in the back or arms, can also be affected. Anyone can develop osteomyelitis. You're more at risk of getting an infection in a bone if you have: recently broken (fractured) a bone.

Oxygen Therapy can help to heal bone disorders by stimulating both the osteoclasts and the osteoblasts. This helps and leads to the re-absorption of dead bone and the creation of new bone. HBOT can help to heal bone disorders by stimulating both the osteoclasts and the osteoblasts. This blood vessel network does two other things: it helps support the function of the osteoclasts and brings infection fighting white blood cells to the area. Osteomyelitis is a bacterial infection that usually involves both the outer layers of the bone and the inner bone marrow.

Oxygen Therapy:

  • Increases oxygen tension in infected tissue including bone, to normal or above normal levels.
  • Increases oxygen saturations of plasma around infected areas, encouraging healing.
  • Provides adequate oxygen for fibroblasts-cells that make connected tissues/ and so promote healing and hypoxic tissue.
  • Oxygen is bacteriostatic (bacteria stopping)
  • Reduces inflammation that often accompanies surgical treatment for refractory osteomyelitis.

Further Information:

Hyperbaric Treatment Of Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK430785/

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