Using Oxygen Therapy for Lasting Pain Relief

Many people who suffer from chronic pain find it difficult to get a treatment that offers enough relief. OTC pain-relievers are not as effective as some would want, yet opioids often pose long-term safety risks. Many patients seek alternative therapies to deal with their pain.


There has been growing interest in the use of oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a drug-free treatment that can help manage chronic pain. Oxygen therapy is ideal for lasting pain relief.


Understanding Oxygen Therapy


Oxygen is a gas that is necessary for life. Some people with medical disorders have trouble getting adequate oxygen naturally. These people often require supplemental oxygen or the use of oxygen therapy. Patients who get oxygen therapy experience improved energy levels.


Their sleep improves, and they enjoy an enhanced quality of life. Doctors test the oxygen amount in the artery blood to determine whether a patient can benefit from the therapy. A pulse oximeter may also check the oxygen levels in a patient.


Symptoms of Low Oxygen


Some symptoms can indicate that a person has low oxygen levels. These can be shortness of breath, rapid breathing, fast heart rate, sweating, coughing or wheezing, and confusion. Changes in skin color can also signify low oxygen.

It is vital to seek immediate medical attention if you experience any symptoms. The doctor will diagnose your condition and develop the best treatment plan.


Candidates for Oxygen Therapy


Doctors prescribe oxygen therapy for patients who cannot get adequate oxygen by breathing naturally. This is usually due to lung conditions that affect the lungs' ability to absorb oxygen. These individuals are ideal candidates for oxygen therapy.

Candidates for the therapy are those with pneumonia, lung disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Other candidates are asthmatic newborns with underdeveloped lungs and individuals with heart failure, cystic fibrosis, and sleep apnea.


Types of Oxygen Therapies


There are different types of oxygen therapy based on the form of oxygen used. They include liquid oxygen, oxygen gas, oxygen concentrators, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Liquid oxygen is highly concentrated and is stored in small refillable tanks.


Portable gas tanks are the ideal storage for oxygen gas, and they are delivered in pulses. Oxygen concentrators are not portable as they do not use tanks. Doctors administer the oxygen through a face mask, nasal tube, or windpipe tube that directs the gas to the lungs.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is different from other forms of oxygen therapy. During the therapy, patients breathe pure oxygen while in a pressurized chamber or room. The pressure in the hyperbaric chamber increases three or four times above normal pressure levels.


This allows the delivery of more oxygen to the targeted tissues. This delivery method treats infections, wounds, and air bubbles in the blood vessels.


Oxygen therapy is beneficial for people who experience low levels of oxygen frequently. Using oxygen therapy regularly can help improve the quality of life. It can also help extend life expectancy.


For more on using oxygen therapy for lasting pain relief, contact Pain and Laser Centers of North Carolina at our office in Greensboro, North Carolina. You can call (336) 815-5800 today to schedule an appointment.

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