Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause a number of debilitating conditions with few treatment options. Fortunately, HBOT has helped many people. It is an effective treatment to not only alleviate symptoms and reverse brain damage.
Approximately 25% of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) suffer from ongoing problems. Without HBOT these problems can last a lifetime. Symptoms from concussions and traumatic brain injuries, (TBI) can include memory loss, sensitivity to lights and sounds, headaches, poor concentration, decreased processing speed, mood swings, anger control issues, sleep disturbances, dizziness, and depression. Often, patients experiencing post-concussion syndrome notice a difference in their brain-processing abilities as well as their moods. Fortunately, patients who undergo HBOT can find relief for their mood swings and slower processing speeds. These are often physiological issues caused by concussions which can often be healed.
But what causes TBI and concussions? They can be caused by sports injuries, an automobile accident, birth trauma, stroke, surgery, or in the case of military service members, blast injuries, in addition to many other factors. It turns out that the likelihood of experiencing these symptoms does not seem to be correlated with the intensity of the injury, and patients who experience intense symptoms often did not lose consciousness.
What does Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) do? It accelerates healing in the brain by delivering 400x more oxygen. This stimulates new growth in brain tissue that was damaged. Brain tissue that is starved for oxygen is called hypoxic tissue. HBOT reduces cell death in nerve cells, which leads improved thinking and promotes neural stem cell activation and growth. HBOT also helps on a cellular level by stimulating recovery of the mitochondria, which are the power plants inside your cells that produce energy. This results in greater energy, alertness and healing.
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Lisa St John, MS, Clinic Director, Dr Jeffrey H. Kaplan, Medical Director. and Laura Jean RN, Director of Patient Care
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