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Posted : July 1, 2010
How effective is a hyperbaric chamber for the recovery of bone fractures?
This is for an Extended Project Qualification I am doing in school on sports injuries and treatments
Thanks
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Posted : July 2, 2010
Thanks for the query.

There's little good (ie. randomised, controlled, human) evidence for hyperbaric treatment for bone fractures, but animal studies do suggest increasing breaking strength in femurs of rats who were exposed to hyperbaric oxygen. At a cellular level, osteoblast and osteoclast activity is stimulated in such a way that bone formation is promoted, so there is a theoretical basis for its action, but in terms of how effective it is in humans, no-one knows.

Hope that helps

Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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