Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is effective in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2009 Dec 17. Epub 2009 Dec 17. PMID: 15174218
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Gülhane Military Medical Academy, Haydarpaşa Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey. firstname.lastname@example.org
In this double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study we aimed to assess the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy for treating patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Of the 71 patients, 37 were allocated to the HBO group and 34 to the control (normal air) group. Both groups received 15 therapy sessions in a hyperbaric chamber. Pain, oedema and range of motion (ROM) of the wrist were evaluated before treatment, after the 15th treatment session and on day 45. In the HBO group there was a significant decrease in pain and oedema and a significant increase in the ROM of the wrist. When we compared the two groups, the HBO group had significantly better results with the exception of wrist extension. In conclusion, HBO is an effective and well-tolerated method for decreasing pain and oedema and increasing the ROM in patients with CRPS.