A crush injury occurs when an intense amount of pressure is put on the body or a specific part of the body, such as the head, foot, leg, hand or arm. It can happen as a result of a car accident, natural disaster, work-place injury, or another incident involving significant impact.
When you’ve suffered from a crush injury, typical symptoms include bruising and swelling, bone fractures, numbness in the affected area, concussions or head trauma, and open wounds. If these symptoms are not immediately addressed, you run the risk of having long-term effects. They can include infection from untreated open wounds, nerve and tissue damage, as well as the development of compartment syndrome—a dangerous condition resulting from excessive pressure building up in muscle tissue.
Rest and elevation are always recommended to those who suffer this condition. But if you're looking for a non-invasive, crush injury treatment that could help you heal as quickly as possible, you may want to consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In fact, this could be useful not just for people who are recovering from a crush injury, but for people who experienced other traumatic events in which blood supply to tissues has been compromised. When there is less blood reaching the tissues, there is less oxygen available, which can lead to tissue death or even an amputation. HBOT immediately reverses low oxygen levels, regenerating and revitalizing tissue.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy could help to reduce or even eliminate these symptoms experienced by a crush injury. Furthermore, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is FDA approved for the treatment of crush injuries, meaning that the treatment is covered by insurance.
HOW IT WORKS
Oxygen is an essential part of life, as it allows our bodies to produce energy and function properly. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, commonly referred to as HBOT, is a holistic therapy that utilizes the power of oxygen to help promote a person’s recovery from an array of injuries and illnesses, including crush injuries.
HBOT is performed in a controlled environment with a trained medical professional overseeing the entire session from start to finish. The patient stays inside a hyperbaric chamber and breathes pure oxygen at increased pressure. Raising the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream promotes recuperation and improves a wide range of conditions.
Some benefits of receiving HBOT to treat a crush injury could include:
- Reducing inflammation
- Healing damaged tissue
- Preventing the need to amputate digits and limbs
- Strengthening the body’s ability to fight infection
- Reducing the size of a wound
- Creating new blood vessels
- Increasing the release of stem cells
- Avoiding the need to undergo painful surgeries (i.e., fasciotomies)
Like any other treatment, you must first meet with a medical professional in order to determine if it's right for you. Once you receive a proper evaluation, your doctor can determine what treatment plan would be most advantageous for your condition.