Osteomyelitis represents a bacterial infection involving bone. The disease involves ischemia, or inadequate blood supply, as well as infection, and it may be acute or chronic. All cases are initially acute. The signs of acute infection are pain, swelling, redness at the site of the infection or high fever and general malaise. Chronic osteomyelitis may follow the acute form or may develop over time when it is not completely cured by initial treatment as it has failed to heal despite adequate surgical and antibiotic therapy. Its symptoms include bone pain, tenderness and fever.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides oxygenation which helps fight this disease in three ways:
1. Helps to strengthen the bone cells (osteoclasts) that reabsorb dead bone, which allow the osteoclasts to remove bony debris more effectively.
2. Enhances the function of the immune system’s white blood cells which depend on oxygen. For this reason, HBOT is especially effective when used with antibiotics as it supports the action of the antibiotics.
3. Helps the body to create new blood vessels called capillaries. As a result of these three factors, the body is able to get rid of the diseased bone and replace it with healthy bone.
For osteomyelitis patients, hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides oxygen to promote collagen production, angiogenesis (new vessel growth) and wound healing in the ischemic or infected wound. Adequate supply of oxygen is key in the treatment of osteomyelitis.
Orlando Hyperbarics provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in a convenient and comfortable non-hospital facility. The center, located at 6200 Lee Vista Boulevard, Suite 250, Orlando, Florida 32822, is served by SR 436 and SR 528, easily accessed from Orlando International Airport, and located near Orlando’s Medical City in Lake Nona.