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 We Help?

Bethesda Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is part of a private medical practice in North Bethesda, Maryland. We introduced HBOT into our practice six years ago to support our patients dealing with the debilitating effects of complex, chronic inflammatory conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and the myriad infections labeled Lyme disease.  We have since seen HBOT return veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and PTSD to their families, and return young athletes sidelined by concussion for months or years to school.  We have seen HBOT effectively and safely treat burns, radiation therapy injuries, neuropathies, and non-healing wounds.  And we have seen significant cognitive, neurological and motor skill improvements in stroke patients, adults with declining cognition, children who have suffered early brain injury, and young people on the autism spectrum.

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?

Oxygen is critical in producing the cellular energy for almost all living processes, from growing and healing, to thinking. When the intricate molecular engines that keep us alive are starved of oxygen by injury or disease, our health suffers. In the worst case, cells die. But very often, the damage and disruption are reversible. HBOT delivers high levels of oxygen to all tissues of the body, regardless of blood supply, 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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Hyperbaric Oxygen in the News

HBOT and Alzheimer’s: Promising New Research 

HBOT may relieve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to new research by investigators at Tel Aviv University’s Sagol School of Neuroscience.  Mice with brains having the specific condition that is characteristic of human AD (triple-transgenic model of AD,...

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VA Will Offer HBOT to Select Vets with PTSD

Finally a sign of hope for the hundreds of thousands of veterans suffering from PTSD.  After years of undaunted efforts by veterans organizations, researchers, clinicians, Congressional members and their staff, this may be a first step in bringing HBOT to the hundreds...

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Joe Namath Says 12 is Too Early for Contact Football

Football legend Joe Namath (number 12) says that based on what we now know about the brain damage caused by playing contact football, young people should not participate, at the least not before age 12. His concerns are not only based on current medical research, but...

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