Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber at DowntownPMR has the ability to go to 1.5ATA or the equivalent of 7.35 Pounds per square inch of pressure.  Each session lasts for approx 1 hour and 20 minutes which includes 60 minutes under full pressure

Single Session $120
Prepaid package of 10 sessions $1000
Prepaid package of 20 sessions $1750
Prepaid package of 50 sessions $3750

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy” or HBOT is a medical treatment involving the use of oxygen under increased atmospheric pressures. You may have heard of this therapy before, as it has gained some momentum and attention in treating a wide variety of conditions within the past decade. The therapeutic principle of HBOT lies in a drastically increased partial pressure of oxygen in the tissues of the body. The oxygen partial pressures achievable under HBOT are much higher than those under breathing pure oxygen at normobaric conditions. This increase in atmospheric pressure relates to an increased oxygen transport capacity of the blood. Under normal atmospheric pressure,
oxygen transport is limited by the oxygen binding capacity of hemoglobin in red blood cells while very little oxygen is transported by blood plasma. With HBOT, oxygen transport by plasma is significantly increased, supplying the body with an increased oxygenation, promoting healing on a cellular level. Downtown PMR has a trained and certified staff, along with state of the art hyperbaric chambers. We are one of the only non-hospital facilities in NYC that offers this treatment. On a daily basis we see how this therapy can have an impact on a patient’s health and quality of life.

Indications Currently the indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy are expanding.  Throughout the world there are over 100 diagnoses that benefit from the use of this therapy. The following list shows diagnoses for which we may have the ability to treat:

  • Autism / Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lyme’s Disease
  • Migraines
  • Neuropathy
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Stroke
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Immune Dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

There are few contraindications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In fact, the medical textbook, Hyperbaric Medicine Practice states, “Of all the medical treatments  carried out in hospitals, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the most benign (non-threatening) when it comes to side effects. The contraindications are relatively few.” Never the less, the use of oxygen under hyperbaric conditions is a medical therapy, and as such, does have some conditions which make this treatment inadvisable for some patients. The following is a list of contraindications:

  • Upper respiratory infections: These conditions can make it difficult
    for the patient to clear their ears, which can result in what is termed, “sinus
  • High fevers: In most cases the fever should be lowered before treatment
  • History of thoracic (chest) surgery: There is concern for air trapping
    in lesions that were created by surgical scarring. These conditions need
    to be evaluated prior to considering hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  • History of spontaneous pneumothorax.
  • Severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with CO2 retention
    or bullous emphysema. This condition can lead to a pneumothorax during
    hyperbaric treatment.
  • Severe cardiomyopathy or decompensated congestive heart failure (CHF).
  • History of optic neuritis.
  • History of reconstructive ear surgery.

Also, patients should not undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy if they are taking or have recently taken the following medications:

  • Doxorubicin (Adriamycin) – A chemotherapeutic drug.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse) – Used in the treatment of alcoholism.
  • Cis-Platinum – A cancer drug.
  • Mafenide Acetate (Sulfamylon) – Suppresses bacterial infections in burn