Migraine and cluster headaches
Several different researchers have found HBOT helpful in treating cluster and migraine headaches. HBOT has shown promise in decreasing the severity and frequency of certain headaches.
Sports and soft tissue injuries
Some research suggests that the reduction of swelling or edema effect of HBOT may be helpful in sports injuries. Some of the professional NFL, NHL, NBA teams use hyperbaric chambers in the training rooms to assist athletes in “getting back into the game” quickly.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
This disease has been very frustrating for doctors to treat and HBOT is being considered as a possible treatment for this illness.
The chronic manifestations of Lyme disease include arthritis and neurologic impairment. HBOT is being utilized for these symptoms and will hopefully provide some benefit.
Lupus and other connective diseases
There is growing interest in the use of HBOT in a variety of rheumatologic conditions.
Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
HBOT is being used in a variety of neurologic disorders. Several centers in this country routinely treat stroke victims and others with head injuries. Brain scans have been shown to change after HBOT and this has lead to the hope that brain damage can be helped. At least one multi center trial is under way examining the use of HBOT in acute stroke patients.
Anecdotal evidence from Canada and elsewhere raise hope that HBOT may improve neurologic function in this group of patients.