For people with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), everyday life can be excruciating. RSD is a chronic pain disorder that causes extreme sensitivity in touching, swelling, skin color changes, temperature changes, fatigue, profuse sweating, atrophy, anxiety, and depression. Symptoms only get worse if left untreated. Simple mundane tasks many people don’t pay attention to, like walking a flight of stairs or sitting down on a chair, can be feats in themselves for those with RSD.
Fortunately, there are treatments available for patients with the condition. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can significantly improve the quality of life for patients with RSD. It also is capable of treating people with AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, radiation necrosis, Lyme disease, and decompression sickness. Hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatment can restore many of the things lost due to these diseases.
What is hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy? The therapy is the process of inundating the body with oxygen in order to facilitate the healing process. Patients are put in a pressure-sealed chamber, the air pressure in which is two to three times higher than normal atmospheric pressure. By increasing the air pressure, oxygen can be delivered to the body in higher volumes than under normal atmospheric pressure. The increased oxygen helps heal damaged tissue and rejuvenates the body’s healing mechanisms overall. Patients often report feeling more “relaxed,” something that does not come easy to them.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is approved by the FDA and is offered by many hospitals and medical clinics. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment centers typically have special payment options, and many health insurance providers (including Medicare) provide reimbursements for their services. RSD treatments are not easy but with hyperbaric oxygen treatment, the pain and discomfort of having the disease is more manageable to bear.
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