HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY CHAMBERS FOR HORSES
Equine athletes treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are better able to consistently compete at their full potential. Our chambers have successfully treated over two hundred horses with varying debilitating injuries. Like any medical procedure results vary, however the majority of horses showed vast improvements and accelerated healing over conventional treatment alone.
HBOT has made possible the complete rehabilitation of horses with injuries deemed to be career ending.
HBOT’s proven ability to accelerate healing of minor wounds has consistently returned horses back to the track, saving an otherwise failed season. Reinjury rates are consistently lower than without treatment.
HBOT sessions used for general preventative athletic therapy and to treat minor chronic disease and infection allow some competition horses to race with greater frequency. Horses who could previously compete only every 2-4 weeks have been able to step to the gate weekly and compete at their full potential.
The stable with access to a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber has an indispensable tool to sharpen their winning edge.
Racing Taken to a New Level
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for horses affording us the opportunity to prove the benefits and value to Thoroughbred and Standardbred owners and trainers. The treatments will be used on current in-training thoroughbred and standbred horses to enhance post race recovery time. By speeding the healing of injury due to the wear and tear of racing (i.e. lung and microcirculation damage), the well being of the horses with allow them to race more frequently, at higher levels.
Commonly Treated Conditions:
HBOT is one of the most powerful tools available as an adjunctive form of therapy, and in some cases it works well as the primary therapy in horses. Colic and laminitis are the number one and two killers, respectively, of horses, and oxygen therapy (in conjunction with other therapies) can be very useful in treating both.
• Colic: HBOT helps restore blood flow to tissues after colic surgery. It also reduces obstructive swelling in the intestinal tissue and improves oxygenation of the resection (after abdominal surgery to correct colon torsion, small intestine strangulation, etc.) It’s been found that many colic cases respond much better to surgery when treated with HBOT before and after surgery.
• Laminitis & Navicular Syndrome: HBOT can arrest laminitis in the early stages. If you can treat the horse before the structures in the foot collapse (before there is crushing of the blood vessels), it is very effective.
Effects of oxygen therapy on problems like navicular syndrome and laminitis are now being studied. Researchers at the University of Tennessee are starting controlled studies on laminitis to get the data needed to document the effects of HBOT.
• Infections: HBOT increases blood flow to the infection site, which increases the amount of antibiotic delivery. The extra oxygen also increases the effectiveness of the antibiotic, magnifying the way it works against bacteria. High-dose oxygen tends to potentiate the effect of some antibiotics, such as sulfamethoxazole (SMZ). You are also getting 15 times the amount of oxygen to a tissue that was lacking oxygen due to infection of poor circulation. Oxygen also stimulates faster cell turnover and thus faster healing.
Oxygen acts to kill bacteria. Most bacteria causing serious infection are anaerobic—working best in an environment without oxygen. At pressure, with oxygen at a higher level, it is also detrimental to aerobic bacteria. Extra oxygen also helps white blood cells function better to kill the organisms.
Certain antibiotics such as gentocin and amikacin don’t work well in low-oxygen environments. Oxygen therapy enhances their function and gives a whole combination of benefits. HBOT is an adjunctive therapy; you still use antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs and other treatments. It’s a component process in which everything is working together.
• Abscesses: Internal abscesses (such as in the lungs or the abdomen) are sometimes not diagnosed early. By the time they are diagnosed, there is a thick-walled capsule of connective tissue around them that keeps antibiotics from reaching the site. This results in prolonged antibiotic treatment (often with no resolution of the abscess) at high cost to the owner, and potentially fatal consequences for the horse. HBOT helps the antibiotic get to the site and enhances its ability to fight the infection.
• Septicemia and Joint Ill in Foals: Major clinics have evaluated HBOT for treating foals with septic joints. In 2002, all the foals which came into the clinic with septic joints went through a standard protocol using systemic antibiotics, lavage to flush the joints with antibiotics, etc. After 30 to 90 days of treatments, they took the foals which were hopeless (which would ordinarily be euthanized) and moved them to a test group. They continued to use their standard treatments, but combined them with HBOT. They had a 60% recovery rate in foals which were going to be put down.
• Soft Tissue Injuries: Many injuries result in inflammation and swelling. Studies have shown that soft tissue injuries treated with HBOT recover in half the time. New blood vessels form more quickly, improving blood supply to injured areas, and there is swift reduction in edema (swelling). Since oxygen is normally carried by red blood cells, any tissues with a compromised blood supply suffer from poor healing. But with HBOT, oxygen is forced into all body fluids and delivered to areas with restricted circulation.
Injured tendons and ligaments respond well to treatment; HBOT can be useful in dealing with bowed tendons, surgical repair of tendon or ligament injuries, etc. Surgical traumas (incisions) also heal faster with HBOT, as do large surface wounds and pressure sores. It decreases tissue swelling and helps salvage damaged tissues in traumatic injury. In chronic wounds, it assists growth of new skin and stimulates collagen production.
• Reproductive Problems: A prominent DVM wrote an article three years ago and described how he’d treated some older stallions for laminitis and noticed an increase in fertility. After reading that, Winstar (the first Thoroughbred farm in Kentucky to have an HBOT chamber) treated their stallion “Kris S.” in the chamber, and there was a very dramatic change. The stallion’s covers in the breeding shed had declined, but after HBOT treatments his libido increased (along with his sperm count), and the morphology (cell structure) of his semen was much improved.
HBOT has also worked well for mares they hadn’t been able to get in foal. Four out of five mares were treated one year, that had been bred on multiple covers. They were put in the HBOT chamber and got into foal the next time they cycled. And the integrity of the uterine lining was probably enhanced.
A rehab clinic in the US has also treated mares that were unable to concieve. One mare went to the breeding shed 16 times in two years without becoming pregnant. After three treatments in the HBOT chamber, she was bred, and had a live, healthy foal.
• Dummy Foals and Other Neurological Problems: Used on dummy foals, it reduces edema. The oxygen in a pressure chamber has the ability to penetrate the cerebrospinal fluid. Head and spinal trauma often create neurological damage, thought to result from swelling of these tissues within a confined space, loss of blood and oxygen supply, and the sequential effects of these factors on nervous tissue. HBOT reduces the swelling and increases the blood supply.
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Bird Medical Devices, Bombay, India
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