Treating Injury and Inflammatory Disease

Breathing 100% oxygen at greater than normal atmospheric pressure has shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory therapy and a significant driver of tissue repair and healing processes.  HBOT is used worldwide to treat dozens of conditions from wounds that won’t heal, infections and crush injuries, to stroke, neurological disease and brain injury.  Our center offers state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy under the direction of qualified physicians in a medical practice setting.

Concussion and TBI


A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Head injury can be associated with concussions in sports, military combat, whiplash, and vehicular accidents.


What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the use of intermittent, high-dose, oxygen as a drug. By giving pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber, HBOT delivers a massive influx of oxygen — even to areas of poor blood flow — and results in remarkable benefits that cannot be achieved with any other therapy.

Who Are We?

Bethesda Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a component of a private medical practice in N. Bethesda MD where over the years we have seen the benefits of HBOT in helping treat and heal patients dealing with a wide range of illnesses and injuries. Our HBOT chambers and installation are hospital quality, and our services are under the direction of physicians and qualified personnel. Although there is a limited number of conditions for which HBOT has been approved by the FDA, the vast majority of the conditions we treat are considered off-label. As such, our services are generally not covered by health insurance and we do not participate in any insurance plans or Medicare/Medicaid.

What is HBOT?

Quite simply, hyperbaric oxygen therapy means breathing pure oxygen in an environment that is pressurized above the normal atmospheric pressure at sea level. This results in much greater amounts of oxygen entering circulation through the lungs and diffusing throughout all the tissues of the body, even to areas where blood supply may be limited by injury or illness.  It is not a new idea. In the late 1600s the first attempts were made to treat illness by increasing the pressure of normal room air (hyperbaric air). In the early 1900s, pressure chambers have been used to treat divers suffering from decompression illness (the “bends”).  Breathing pure oxygen at increased pressure during surgery and to treat infection was introduced in the 1950s.

What Does HBOT Do?

Normally, our lungs and circulatory systems deliver the amount of oxygen essential for the healthy functioning to all the cells and tissues of our bodies. Any interruption in the delivery of oxygen or disruption of normal cellular function by disease or injury can lead to serious medical, vascular and neurological conditions. Delivery of high levels of oxygen by HBOT can increase tissue oxygen levels by 2,000 percent, which:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces edema and pain
  • Restarts cellular metabolism
  • Kills bacteria and fights infection
  • Stimulates stem cell production by 800 percent
  • Stimulates nerve growth
  • Triggers development of new capillary networks
  • Increases growth factor production

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