Matt Forte hoping hyperbaric chamber speeds healing process

Hyperbaric chambers have been used by athletes to heal up faster, and one doctor said they can be effective with muscle injuries.

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is hopeful it will help him recover from a sprained MCL in his right knee as he prepares to miss Sunday’s game at Denver. The Bears don’t have a timetable for a return, but Forte is doing everything he can. According to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, he’s using the hyperbaric chamber in the home of former Bears teammate Tommie Harris.

The unit aids in healing by enhancing oxygen levels in the body.

“I used to use it every night,'' Harris told McClure. “I feel like the body will heal itself in time. Because of our (limited) time, we have to rush the healing process.”

Forte also received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the knee on Tuesday. Harris, who played with a sprained MCL in 2007, encouraged his former teammate to get back as quickly as he can. There has been speculation that because of Forte’s contract situation, that he won’t be motivated to return as quickly as possible.

“Just gut it out if you love to play football,'' Harris said. "Don't get mixed up in the money. That's going to be there. Once you start listening to all these people talking about the money, it's going to interrupt your passion for the game. That's all I told him: Just stay focused and play football.

“One thing the Bears are going to do is take care of Matt. I'm confident that they do what they say they're going to do. If they say they're going to cut you, they're going to cut you. If they say they're going to pay you, they're going to pay you.”

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