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Does a hyperbaric oxygen chamber help with recovering from a PCL injury?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: It does not

help in the treatment of PCL injuries.

In brief: It does not

help in the treatment of PCL injuries.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Dr. Robert Dorsey
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: PCL Hyperbarics

Hyperbaric medicine is not used for this type of injury.
There is no proof that it will help you in this case.

In brief: PCL Hyperbarics

Hyperbaric medicine is not used for this type of injury.
There is no proof that it will help you in this case.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

There is no good evidence that hyperbaric oxygen helps from recovering from a PCL tear. The PCL is a very stout ligament with tremendous scarring capability.
It will heat its just that it may not heal tightly.

In brief: No

There is no good evidence that hyperbaric oxygen helps from recovering from a PCL tear. The PCL is a very stout ligament with tremendous scarring capability.
It will heat its just that it may not heal tightly.
Dr. James Chen
Dr. James Chen
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

The oxygen doesn't penetrate that deep.

In brief: No

The oxygen doesn't penetrate that deep.
Dr. Barry Waldman
Dr. Barry Waldman
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Hyperbaric oxygen, as delivered in chambers, does not penetrate from the surface of the skin into the deeper tissues. The mechanism is different.
Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Hyperbaric oxygen promotes the healing of open wounds when the tissue is devitalized or has a poor blood supply because of diabetes, infection, radiation, or trauma.
Although it helps with delayed or compromised healing of open wounds, it won't accelerate the normal rate of healing of a PCL injury if you already have a good blood supply with none of the above risk factors for poor healing.

In brief: No

Hyperbaric oxygen promotes the healing of open wounds when the tissue is devitalized or has a poor blood supply because of diabetes, infection, radiation, or trauma.
Although it helps with delayed or compromised healing of open wounds, it won't accelerate the normal rate of healing of a PCL injury if you already have a good blood supply with none of the above risk factors for poor healing.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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