Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chronic Pain


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Oxygen Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chronic Pain


Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes severe swelling of the joint linings and is actually one of the most common types of arthritis you can suffer from.  RA develops when the body's immune system is unknowingly attacking its joints, believing them to be "foreign substances like bacteria and viruses." This can cause inflammation in the joint linings, known as the synovium, and thus, result in discomfort in that area.

The effectiveness of Oxygen Therapy as a treatment for RA has been examined for many years.  Oxygen Therapy’s utilization of highly pressurized, 98 percent pure oxygen can help in managing pain, and reduce swelling caused by RA.

Chronic Pain. Many people living with chronic pain struggle to find treatment options that give sufficient relief. Over-the-counter pain relievers are often not effective enough, and opioids don’t tend to be very effective for the long term and carry significant safety risks. Often, people have no choice but to use a variety of different methods to cope with their pain, and there is a growing interest in incorporating non-drug therapies into this approach.

Oxygen Therapy has been effectively used to reduce chronic pain, especially fibromyalgia syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, migraine, and cluster headaches for many years.

Oxygen Therapy has been shown to reduce pain scores and improve pain-related symptoms and overall quality of life.  The Benefits of Oxygen Therapy are:

  1. Increases oxygenation to the body’s tissues
  2. Increase blood flow and circulation
  3. Boosts white blood cell counts
  4. Enhances the effectiveness of antibiotics
  5. Reduce swelling and pain

Further Sources of Information:

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Pain. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Pain: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness - NCBI Bookshelf (nih.gov)

The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Lothian, trading as Compass, does not provide medical advice, diagnose health conditions, or prescribe treatments. We base access to, and engagement with, our Oxygen Therapy service on the self-declared information you have provided on your client registration form. Your suitability for this therapy is based on the assessment of this information along with existing evidence and protocols within the field of hyperbaric oxygen treatment.