Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
RA is a common autoimmune disease that causes severe swelling of the joint linings. RA develops when the body’s immune system is unknowingly attacking its own joints, believing them to be foreign substances like bacteria/viruses. This causes inflammation in the joint linings and discomfort. There is no cure for RA, so traditional treatments focus on managing or improving quality of life with physical therapy, exercise, weight control, and medications.
HBOT has seen positive results in alleviating symptoms of RA and improving quality of life. One study found that HBOT is dinstinctly superior to the routine treatments of RA. Patients in this study showed positive effects on analgesia (inability to feel pain), lowering blood sedimentation rate, stabilizing immunologic function, and strengthening the the body’s resistance for eliminating pathogenic factors. In this study HBOT was found to actually inhibit the development of RA, but treatment is more effective if started in the early stages of disease.
- The Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen on Rheumatoid Arthritis: a pilot study
- Pain Improvement in Rheumatoid Arthritis with Hyperbaric Oxygen: report of three cases
- Hyperbaric oxygenation in the comprehensive therapy of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (clinico-immunologic study)
- Superoxide dismutase and hyperbaric oxygen therapy of patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Therapeutic effect of prolonged hyperbaric oxygen in adjuvant arthritis of the rat
- Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is comparable to acetylsalicylic acid treatment in an animal model of arthritis