HBOT Heals Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions


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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How Hyperbarics Helps

  • Improves oxygenation to damaged tissues in the brain
  • Reduces inflammation in the brain
  • Oxygenates tissues by increasing oxygen and blood flow to idling brain cells
  • Stimulates tissue repair
  • Promotes stem cell reproduction and mobilization
  • Stimulates up-regulation of growth hormones

What the Research Says

There is research on multiple conditions related to TBI and Concussions. Which one would you like to view?

Research on HBOT and Stroke
Research on HBOT and Sports Injuries

Patient Experiences

  • Shawn

    Shawn Dollar, 34

    Fully recovered from concussion symptoms caused after a surfing accident.
    Until recently, Shawn held the world record for the largest wave ever ridden. One day while surfing, Shawn had a major accident on the rocks. He broke his neck in four places and experienced significant traumatic brain injury (TBI). As Shawn said “I had suffered major brain damage.” His neurologists had no more answers on how to help him return to normal. As he said “before hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, I was a mess. I wasn’t myself, and was desperate to find a solution to the pain, the headaches, and the brain fatigue.” After only his first treatment, he felt an improvement; the effects were immediate. Shawn said, “I could feel my old self coming back. I was aware that I was going to get better, finally.” In the end, Shawn attributes his full recovery from concussion symptoms to Bay Area Hyperbarics. He is surfing once again and continues to ride the big waves.
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    Kevin, 18

    Improved functionality was hampered due to injury caused while playing football.
    Kevin had suffered several concussions while playing football. Previously a very good student, he found himself unable to attend High School classes. Instead, he lay most days on his bed in his darkened room depressed, unable to read, talk, or hang out with his friends. His parents were frantic. Kevin had tried prescription drugs and therapy which helped some with his systems. However, they did not eliminate the headaches, fatigue or improve his mood. They did not get him up and back to school. After HBOT, Kevin could attend school again and interact with his friends. HBOT made a major impact on on bringing back Kevin’s cognitive and emotional health and well-being.
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    Mara, 3 months old

    Gained the ability to sit up, which she was unable to do because of severe brain trauma at birth.
    Mara had severe brain trauma at birth, so at 3 months old, her mom brought her into HBOT. She had a severely misshapen head, a tube in her stomach to feed her, and a tube to help her breath. Tragically, Mara's mother was told her baby would never recover nor respond like a normal child. She had already returned to the hospital twice for complications with her conditions. Mara's mother brought her in 5 days a week for treatment with HBOT. When Mara finished hyperbarics, her tubes had been removed. She could breathe on her own. She was able to eat and swallow food like a normal child. And Mara was strong enough to sit up and wave bye bye when encouraged. The nurse in the Pediatrician's office burst into tears of joy, when she saw the improvements in Mara's conditions.

Get Started with Hyperbarics

Give us a call

Did a physician refer you? If so, they can download and fax us back a patient referral form. If not, our medical staff will discuss whether hyperbarics is right for you.

We talk with your insurance

Our medical staff contacts Medicare or private insurance to receive authorization and create a plan with you.

You get on the road to recovery

We do a medical intake, explain everything you need to know, and you get started on your hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions

Still looking for answers?

To learn more about HBOT, take a look at our FAQs.

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  • What is Hyperbaric Medicine?

    Hyperbaric medicine, also called hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT, is a medical treatment where a patient sits or lies in pressurized chamber and breathes 100% oxygen. In HBOT, oxygen dissolves into the blood, thus raising the oxygen concentration to very high levels.This increased oxygen is a primary building block for tissues, muscle, and bone repair. Among other benefits, it kicks off cell reproduction, heals injuries and infection more rapidly, and decreases inflammation.

  • Can HBOT help Neuropathy?

    Hyperbaric treatments help heal neuropathy by regrowing small blood vessels and nerves that have died from disease, injuries from radiation and aging. Patients often experience numbness and or pain when they start treatment. Hyperbaric treatments most often bring back sensation and make, for example, walking easier and more enjoyable.

  • Does HBOT kill cancer cells?

    Current research indicates that hyperbaric oxygen does not kill cancer cells. However, there has been a small amount of research indicating that hyperbaric oxygen might reduce the size of certain tumors. Also, there has been a study on mice using hyperbaric oxygen, along with a ketogenic diet, to reduce tumors. Hyperbaric oxygen causes many different healing modalities to kick into gear. Could its effect on strengthening the immune system inhibit the growth of cancer cells? Nobody knows. There are numerous studies conclusively showing that hyperbaric oxygen does not encourage cancer cells or tumors to grow. Some patients claim the hyperbaric oxygen makes them feel a lot more comfortable and functional after chemotherapy and also during healing. Note that some chemotherapy drugs are not to be used with hyperbaric oxygen, as the chemotherapy drugs can be enhanced and thus become toxic. A good hyperbaric oxygen facility (such as Bay Area Hyperbarics) will always call the chemotherapy manufacturer to ensure that hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be helpful and not damaging to the patient.

  • Why would a physician consider HBOT?

    A physician would consider using hyperbaric chamber therapy under a variety of situations. Physicians most typically refer patients to hyperbarics when the patient is not healing with traditional medical interventions and hyperbaric chamber therapy is approved by Medicare for this condition.

    Some patients experience significant unresolved pain and unremitting disease states that the mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a hyperbaric chamber are known to affect, such as the down regulation of inflamatory genes. For an example, some patients have experienced severe, unremitting hives with itching, which did not improve with any specialists interventions.

    Some physicians will consider hyperbaric chamber therapy if the patient has no other good avenues for improving their failing health, and they know the hyperbaric chamber therapy is safe and will not harm the patient.

  • What is the CPT code for HBOT?

    The CPT code for HBOT is G0277.

  • What is Hypebaric Oxygen Therapy?

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HB0T) is a medical treatment where you inhale 100% oxygen in a chamber with increased atmospheric pressure. HBOT injects 400x the oxygen into your tissues and bones and mobilizes stem cells. It regrows healthy tissues in the brain, blood vessels, skin and bones. It also reduces pain and swelling, and speeds recovery.

    It is simple, effective and painless.

  • Does Medicare cover HBOT?

    Medicare covers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for approved conditions, and many insurance companies also cover approved conditions. If your condition is not approved by your insurance, we can discuss our special rates. Give us a call at (408) 356–7438. We are happy to discuss your options with you.

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