A recent health trend involving exposure to subzero temperatures is rapidly growing among South Florida spas and health centers. This treatment, known as cryotherapy, is said to increase vitality, promote weight loss, and lead to a longer, healthier life. But is it worth the risks? Cryotherapy treatment uses liquid nitrogen to freeze a chamber to temperatures as low as negative 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Patients then enter these chambers for sessions lasting up to three minutes. While the cold exposure itself may have some health benefits, the combination of extreme cold and hazardous fumes presents significant health risks.
The Dangers of Liquid Nitrogen in Cryotherapy
The use of liquid nitrogen in these chambers can cause skin and other tissues to freeze and die. This tissue death, known as frostbite, can lead to amputation or other permanent damage. Because liquid nitrogen is lighter than oxygen, the liquid nitrogen gases often displace the oxygen patients need to breathe. This displacement of oxygen can cause loss of consciousness, leading to head, neck, or spine injuries. Breathing nitrogen gas can also lead to asphyxiation, paralysis, or death.
Lack of Proper Training and Equipment
Exacerbating the already serious risks of cryotherapy is the fact that the individuals who administer the treatment are often inadequately trained. This lack of training can not only lead to the improper administration of the treatment, but also an inability to identify and properly respond to dangerous circumstances. Because of this, preventable situations have tragically escalated to severe injuries, paralysis, or death.
The trial lawyers at Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz have unique experience in cryotherapy injury claims and have assisted clients in pursuing spas and health centers across Florida. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 954-989-6333.