Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy helps Osteoarthritis and degenerative joint/cartilage disease

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common condition suffered mostly by the elderly. Due to it painful and debilitating effects, sufferers often rely on pain medication (NSAIDS) to live a normal life.

OA is a degenerative condition of the joints whereby inflammatory markers seem to be the most important mediators of this cartilage destruction. Cartilage is able to repair itself through the induction of local growth factors, leading to the production of new collagen. However, this ‘regenerative’ repair is stunted by OA which continually works to cause further damage, making it a degenerative disease.

Since HBOT is considered to be a regenerative therapy, it would make sense that HBOT could help with a degenerative condition like OA. HBOT is already being used by OA sufferers for its anti-inflammatory pain-relieving effects, but now this study gives us insights on its potential long term benefits on reducing the net destruction and degeneration observed in OA, slowing the degenerative process right down.

Both factors of the disease, were shown to be helped when researchers tested the effects of HBOT on OA.

Firstly, HBOT caused a marked reduction of the key inflammatory markers involved this condition and so further degeneration is reduced.

Secondly, HBOT caused an increase in the number of growth factors involved in the production of new collagen and cartilage formation, thus helping the tissue to succesfully repair and regenrate itself.

This study is very important to clinical professionals as it may hold the key to combating the effects of OA, while offering pain relief in a way that can limit the need for ingested medicines

You can read the whole study here.