Did you know that bones can become infected? Osteomyelitis is a bacterial infection of the bone; it’s rare but a very severe condition. Here’s how it could happen. If you have an infection in one part of your body, it could spread through your bloodstream into the bone, or through an open fracture/wound. According to WebMD, only 2 out of every 10,000 people get infected with osteomyelitis, and the condition affects children and adults in different ways.
This particular infection comes in several forms and can be acute, subacute, or chronic. If left untreated, it can spread quickly, requiring immediate medical attention. Symptoms of Osteomyelitis are fever, irritability, fatigue, nausea, tenderness, redness, swelling, warmth in the area of the infection, and around the affected bone, including a lost range of motion.
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, in conjunction with antibiotics, can help treat osteomyelitis and is highly effective. As we have discussed in my previous blogs, oxygenation is essential in wound healing and helps combat this infection in three ways. First, It boosts the immune system’s white blood cells that depend on oxygen. Secondly, it supplies the body with 100 percent pure oxygen. This oxygen helps produce new capillaries (blood vessels), so it can rid the body of diseased bone, and replenish it with new healthy bone. Thirdly, it helps strengthen the bone cells termed osteoclasts that reabsorb dead bone, allowing the osteoclasts to eliminate bony debris more efficiently
To learn more about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and Osteomyelitis, please contact the Eustache Institute today.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in neurofeedback and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can follow the Eustache Institute on Instagram and Facebook.