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HBOT Therapy

Postby admin » Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:58 am

I have been doing a little research on another treatment being used for Cerebral Palsy. I heard some users on this forum mention it and it was something that I was rather unfimilar with so of course I had to research it.

HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) is currently being used to treat the following conditions:

# Cerebral palsy
# Stroke
# Multiple Sclerosis
# Head injuries and concussion
# Infections of all types , including Lyme's
# Heart attacks
# Chronic fatigue
# Sports injuries
# Autism
# Migraine headaches
# Cancer
# Trigeminal neuralgia
# Raynaud's phenomenon
# Vascular disease
# Crohn's disease
# Fibromyalgia
# Decreased immune function
# Venomous bites
# Before and after surgery
# General wellness and Prevention

This thearpy involves putting you in a chamber where you breath pure oxygen. This saturates the tissues in your body with the oxygen you are taking in. This promotes groth of new tissues, blood vessels and clears the body of toxins. Check out these great links for more information: - Describes the treatment and its benifits. - Describes how the treatment is being used to benifit those with Cerebral Palsy

If you or anyone you know is currently using this treatment for Cerebral Palsy, please post your experiences here as I have many users of this forum that are asking questions regarding the treatment and its benifits. Thanks.
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Georgia Medicaid must now reimburse!

Postby Lori-ann » Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:48 pm

After a lengthy 7-year fight for reimbursement of HBOT for pediatric brain-injury, through a court order, Georgia Medicaid must now reimburse. Despite refusal to publish the data on HBOT efficacy by numerous peer-reviewed medical journals, it's now been proven in a court of law that HBOT is "necessary to correct or ameliorate" brain-injury as evidenced by (1) the Collet study, (2) observed clinical improvements, and (3) before/after SPECT-scan imaging.

The decision appropriately came on Wednesday August 9, 2006, the 61st anniversary of the atomic bomb drop on Nagasaki--for an explosion of legal requirements of similar proportions has now landed on 2 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia. This decision is expected to also directly impact the business of Pediatric Neurology itself where malpractice decisions will follow continued denial of HBOT. The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) will also be forced to acknowledge HBOT efficacy for brain-injury or lose whatever remaining credibility they still have.

This legal victory for every special-needs child would have been impossible were it not for the in-person expert witness testimony of three internationally-recognized experts on the use of HBOT for cerebral palsy: Dr Paul Harch of New Orleans, Dr. Pierre Marois of Canada, and radiologist Dr. Michael Uszler of California who testified on the use of SPECT-scan imaging to determine functional brain improvements in CP children via Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Because the Administrative Law Judge ordered direct testimony be provided in written form, this sworn testimony can now be used by other children in other states by way of the MedicaidforHBOT listserv ( In addition, so as to prepare parents and attorneys in other states--as ludicrous as it is--the sworn testimony of three pediatric neurologists will also be freely available to all MedicaidforHBOT members. This testimony and the legal decision itself will be available at within the next few days.

From the decision:

"Three child neurologists supported Respondent's [Georgia Medicaid] position. A specialist in pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation [Dr Pierre Marois], a specialist in emergency medicine and HBOT [Dr Paul Harch], and a specialist in Nuclear Medicine [Dr Michael Uszler] supported Petitioner's side [Jimmy Freels]. Weighing the evidence presented, Petitioner's arguments are more cross-disciplinary and persuasive than those presented by Respondent. Given that the standard is "corrective or ameliorative," there is a preponderance of the evidence that the HBOT treatments were necessary to correct or ameliorate Petitioner's physical condition."


Respondent's denial of Petitioner's request for reimbursement of HBOT treatment is REVERSED and the Respondent is hereby ORDERED to honor the Petitioner's request for reimbursement for HBOT.

SO ORDERED, this 9th day of August 2006.

Steven W. Teate
Administrative Law Judge

David Freels
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Tucker, GA 30084-6714
770-491-6776 (phone)
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Our experience with HBOT

Postby Lori-ann » Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:35 pm

We began HBOT treatments with Kurtis when he was 19 months old. At that point in time he was "board boy". Very stiff. Could not flex any of his limbs unless we postioned him that way. We looked into HBOT treatments and found a centre 15 minutes from our home. We started a protocol of 40 dives at 1.5 atm for a duration of one hour using 100% oxygen. From the first treatment we noticed a reduction of his tone. It was short lived, lasting only a few hours at that point but as we progressed through the treatment regime (at about dive 20) the reduction was lasting through the night to the point that it was no longer evident. His sleep became much more peaceful. No noticable spasms in the middle of the night. No waking with piercing cries that could only be interpreted as a reaction to pain.

I could go through point by point with his progress but that is lengthy. Suffice to say that now, after 135 treatments, Kurtis is able to sit unassisted and is crawling up the stairs. Sitting is not really functional yet, though he can hold a book or small toy and play with it, we will continue to use a supported seating system for times where we are wanting to focus on learning or achieving goals of some description. Kurtis does not stand or walk though we are continuing to work on those goals.

His fine motor skills have developed really well. He has an awesome pincher grip which is important for so many tasks and he has full range of motion with his arms and hands with no noticable spasms. (I say noticable because I don't observe any but I don't live in his body and he is not able to tell me at this point what he feels)

The one thing that everyone notices after a set of 40 dives is an increased awareness of Kurtis with his surroundings. He is much more interactive with people and seemingly his cognitive skills increase with abundance. This spring, following our HBOT treatment schedule, we discovered that Kurtis was able to read. Not particularily phenomonal at 4 1/2 years old but that he was able to communicate to us his ability was the greatest achievement. Kurtis is hearing impaired and we use sign language to communicate with him.

HBOT is not a cure. Go into it expecting nothing and notice everything. You will be amazed.
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Postby Kathie » Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:06 am

How old is too old for these oxygen treatments?

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Postby Lori-ann » Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:51 am

There is no age limit for HBOT. The sooner following injury you start the better, but again, there is no time limit imposed.
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Postby Tmagic650 » Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:10 am

I have heard that HBOT doesn't really help anyone older than 18, and it is true that you should start this treatment as soon as possible in a childs life
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Postby sarahsmom » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:46 am

I wonder how Kurtis is doing now. I'm looking into this for my 3 year old daughter.
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Re: HBOT Therapy

Postby vikash12 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:30 am

In Louisiana, there are special procedures which must be followed in medical malpractice cases. For example, in Louisiana, a claim must be filed with the State before a lawsuit can be filed. This claim is then reviewed by a panel of three Louisiana doctors, who give an opinion about whether any health care provider committed malpractice.Only after the panel has reached its decision can a lawsuit be filed. There are many complicated details to this Louisiana panel procedure, and many traps for the inexperienced Louisiana attorney
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Re: HBOT Therapy

Postby subrata » Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:25 pm

Hyper" means increased and "baric" relates to pressure. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) thus refers to intermittent treatment of the entire body with 100-percent oxygen at greater than normal atmospheric pressures. The earth's atmosphere normally exerts approximately 15 pounds per square inch of pressure at sea level. That pressure is defined as one atmosphere absolute (abbreviated as 1 ATA). In the ambient atmosphere we normally breathe approximately 20 percent oxygen and 80 percent nitrogen. While undergoing HBOT, pressure is increased up to two times (2 ATA) in 100% oxygen. In the Sechrist monoplace chambers utilized at our facilities, the entire body is totally immersed in 100-percent oxygen. There is no need to wear a mask or hood. This increased pressure, combined with an increase in oxygen to 100 percent, dissolves oxygen in the blood plasma and in all body cells, tissues and fluids at up to 10 times normal concentration—high enough to sustain life with no blood at all (from 20% to 100% oxygen is a 5-fold increase, from 1 ATA to 2 ATA can double this again to a 10-fold or 1,000% increase).
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Re: HBOT Therapy

Postby wilsonjohn » Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:48 am

Thanks for your nice informative post.
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Re: HBOT Therapy

Postby NSF0927 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:41 am

Hello Everyone,

I would like to help clear up some questions and concerns about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cerebral Palsy and any other condition treatable with HBOT.

I have read through many posts on several forums and some were positive, some negative and some undecided.

As a medical graduate and certified hyperbaric technologist (CHT) I have treated some children with CP and have seen promesing results. HBOT is not for everyone and we have very strict rules about our chambers, pressures and treatment protocols to ensure the safety of everyone treated. Please be aware that there are many sham HBOT treatments out there, being run with unsafe, non effective equipment and untrained/uncertified staff.

It is a treatment which can help with some major symptoms and improve the quality of life of many young boys and girls.

If you have questions or comments please feel free to post :)
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Re: HBOT Therapy

Postby Jim » Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:19 am

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a method used to treat a variety of ailments. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is defined as a treatment in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen intermittently under a pressure of greater than sea level or our atmosphere. This treatment can be carried out in one of two ways. Multiplace chambers are designed to hold 2 or more people. Monoplace chambers are single person chambers that are pressurized with oxygen. Dual or Both types may be pressurized with air while patients breathe oxygen via a 02 masks, hood system, or tube, for times that typically extend 45 minutes to 60 minutes during which the patient breathes 100% oxygen.

It is a method of administering pure oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure to a patient in order to improve or correct conditions. By providing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber we are able to deliver 10-15 times more oxygen then if delivered at sea level or at normal atmospheric levels. It has the capacity to promote the growth of new blood vessels, decreases swelling and inflammation deactivates toxins, increases the body's ability to fight infections, clears out toxins and metabolic waste products, and improve the rate of healing. It should be used to compliment conventional therapies and treatments.

Uses of HBOT

Throughout the world there are around 66 conditions treated routinely with HBOT. There are currently 13 conditions are treated by hyperbaric oxygen therapy which are reimbursed in U.S. They are:

Air or gas embolism
Carbon monoxide poisoning and CO poisoning complicated by cyanide poisoning.
Clostridal myositis and myonecrosis, (gas gangrene)
Crush injury, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemias.
Decompression sickness
Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
Exceptional blood loss (anemia)
Intracranial abscess, actinomycosis
Necrotizing soft tissue infections
Refractory osteomyelitis (Infected bone)
Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bony necrosis)
Skin grafts and flaps (compromised)
Thermal burns
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