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Injured British Sidecar Champion races to a full recovery thanks to HBOT

British F1 Sidecar Champion, Ryan Charlwood, was facing two months out of action after severely dislocating his shoulder. Thanks to just 10 days’ of oxygen therapy, he was back to his best as he and team mate Ricky Stevens raced to victory at Snetterton.

The Oxygen Clinic in Paddock Wood, Kent, has successfully helped British F1 Sidecar Champion Ryan Charlwood to recover from a severely dislocated shoulder.

Ryan, 28, from Dover, sustained the injury to his right shoulder during qualifying for Round Three of the British Sidecar Championship at Knockhill Racing Circuit on 24th June. With his team – Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki – ending the event top of the table, the injury left Ryan unable to race and facing up to eight weeks out of action.

However, thanks to a course of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Ryan has achieved a remarkable recovery. After just over a week of therapy he was ready to join team mate Ricky Stevens in Round Four of the Championship at Snetterton. Stevens and Charlwood took the podium to hold their lead at the top of the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship.

Ryan said: “I’m amazed by the incredible recovery that HBOT has given me. I was fully expecting to be out of action until late August, which would have meant I missed over a third of the season.

“We’re the defending champions and it’s vital that I’m out there giving my best for the team, so the fact that I can return to the action so quickly is testament to the impressive healing powers of oxygen therapy and the skill of the team. Sidecar racing requires a lot of agility and upper body strength and it was unthinkable that I’d be back so quickly; it’s fantastic to get another victory so soon after such a serious injury!”

The Oxygen Clinic offers HBOT, a therapy that gives patients access to chambers that are filled with high pressure 100 per cent oxygen. The oxygen is dissolved into patients’ blood and tissues, penetrating areas of the body that oxygen-carrying red blood cells cannot reach easily.

Increased oxygen levels in the body stimulate the healing process, aiding the growth of new blood vessels and enabling white blood cells to fight infection more quickly.

Jodie Clarke, Clinic Director, said: “HBOT is extremely beneficial to the healing of many sporting and musculoskeletal injuries, including dislocations, fractures and ligament damage. When there is limited oxygen, healing occurs more slowly, as oxygen-rich red blood cells cannot easily reach damaged areas of the body. Our hyperbaric chambers can help speed up this process by increasing the delivery of oxygen to damaged tissues, which reduces inflammation and speeds up recovery times.

“HBOT can provide remarkable results as evidenced in Ryan’s case. I’m thrilled that HBOT has had such a positive impact on his recovery and enabled him to get back in contention so quickly.”

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