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What is HBOT?

Covered Conditions

  • Acute Peripheral Arterial Insufficiency

  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia

  • Air or Gas Embolism

  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning

  • Central Retinal Artery Occlusion

  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis

  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps

  • Crush injuries/Compartment syndrome injuries

  • Cyanide poisoning

  • Decompression illness

  • Delayed Radiation Injuries

  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities

  • Gas Gangrene

  • Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

  • Intracranial Abscess

  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections

  • Severe Anemia

Treated Conditions

  • Autism

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Lyme Disease

  • Migraine Headache

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Neuropathy

  • Post concussion encephalopathy

  • Post Concussion Syndrome

  • Sports Injuries

  • Stroke

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

History of HBOT

The fascinating history of Hyperbaric Therapy

Hyperbaric treatment dates back to 1664 when an English doctor named Henshaw first used a pressurized room for treatment purposes. Over the next two centuries, English, French, and Dutch workers continued to experiment with various types of diving equipment. However, it wasn’t until 1834 when Dr. Junod of France developed the first hyperbaric tank, and cited wonderful recovery instances from a variety of debilitating conditions. In 1879, French physician J. A. Fontaine built a mobile operating room that provided hyperbaric conditions, and used it to conduct one of the most serious clinical studies in hyperbaric medicine. Popularity of the technology quickly spread throughout Europe and North America, resulting in Dr. John S. Haldane’s development of the hyperbaric diving tables for the Royal Navy. This innovative invention awarded Haldane the title “The Father of Oxygen Therapy,” and physicians to this day continue to build on his groundbreaking foundation.

Gradually, the interest in hyperbaric therapy began to wane, and the reasons for this are still not clearly understood. But just as interest in hyperbaric medicine was declining in Europe, in the United States it began to rise. In 1860, the first hyperbaric chamber for therapeutic use in North America was built in Oshawa, Canada, and in 1891, the first chamber in the United States was built in Rochester, New York.

Throughout the following decades, scientists and doctors would seek to improve on the hyperbaric chamber and extend its medical uses. From helping combat pneumonia in 1918 to Harvard Medical School’s research chamber in 1928, hyperbaric treatment was growing. After World War II, with an increase in diving medicine and other submarine activities, hyperbaric medicine became widely accepted as an effective treatment option. Celebrities and world-class athletes throughout history have also helped spur its popularity. President John F. Kennedy rushed his sick infant son to the hospital with the hopes that hyperbaric treatment, “one of the newest interests of medical researchers,” would save him. And modern athletes are starting to turn to hyperbaric chambers to boost endurance levels and speed recovery from injuries, including swimmer Michael Phelps and football stars Maurice Jones-Drew and James Harrison. With the exponential progress of technology in the last three decades, this unique therapy has improved rapidly, skyrocketing its effectiveness and purposes. Lakeshore Hyperbaric Center is proud to be a pioneering provider of the latest in hyperbaric treatment technology, and we’re thrilled to offer its inimitable healing capabilities to our patients.

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