Right before the beginning of a World Cup, what does a football team do when it discovers that their key player is injured?
Nothing much can be done about it, right?
In 2006, just about two months before football fever was scheduled to grip the world, there was news that Wayne Rooney had broken two metatarsals in his right foot. A metatarsal fracture usually takes about 3-4 four months to completely recover meaning he would not be available for playing until August-September 2006.
But Wayne Rooney did play!
He made use of new technology at Manchester United’s club centre, known as the Oxygen Chamber. Believe it or not, he played in the World Cup.
What Is It?
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy or otherwise known as HBOT is a method where doctors administer 100% oxygen but almost three times the standard atmospheric pressure. The treatment involves the patient breathing through a tube or in a pressurised chamber/room with a high dose of pure oxygen. HBOT is considered as one of the most potent ways to decreasing inflammation, fighting infection, to accelerate healing of wounds as well as helps in optimising the physical and mental performance of the person.
Why is it done?
Over time, researchers in medical science have been compelled to find further solutions to various problems, especially for healing. Take a traditional or conventional method for healing wounds, although they achieve the desired results, the time taken to do so becomes a concern. Our body’s tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to be functional, meaning when these tissues are injured they require more oxygen to heal. The Hyperbaric oxygen therapy essentially helps increase the amount of oxygen blood can carry, which only further helps in promoting healing and fighting infection, just much faster.
What happens in the process?
In HBOT, there is an increase of air pressure up to three times higher than usual. With these conditions, the lungs become capable of gathering more oxygen than in normal air pressure. It instead enables the blood to carry more of the oxygen and help fight infections or tissue injury faster and better.
What can HBOT treat?
HBOT has been in the medical science treatment options for many years now and many well-known problems. The list below has some of the main issues treated using HBOT.
- Anaemia, severe
- Brain abscess
- Bubbles of air in your blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
- Decompression sickness
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crushing injury
- Deafness, sudden
- Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death
- Non-healing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer
- Radiation injury
- Skin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death
- Vision loss, sudden and painless
- Sports Injuries