Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for Degenerative Discs
November 1, 2011
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat difficult wounds in many cutting-edge hospitals and wound centres mainly due to its ability to promote growth of new tissue and blood vessels. Researchers have now taken this further to see if the healing effects of oxygen can also be shown for the intervertebral discs. This is a debilitating condition for a wide range of the population and is seen more as people age and also for those who have suffered physical trauma to the area (i.e. contact sports or accidents and falls). The study shows us the mechanism involved in hyperbaric oxygen’s application for treating degenerative discs. Since this treatment modality is non-invasive, it should now get considerable attention for an adjunct treatment modality for disc degeneration.