Hyperbaric Miracle for Brain Injury Victims
Posted on Apr 05, 2014
According to the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana, spinal cord injuries are one of the main contributing factors of mortality in the United States. Nearly 350,000 people are currently suffering with SCI injuries in the U.S. alone—without adequate treatments for their disorders. This is why it is increasingly important for new innovative treatments—such as the hyperbaric chamber treatments in Oklahoma City and Tulsa—to be studied and hopefully approved by the FDA to begin helping our nation’s brain injury sufferers.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) uses an enclosed pressurized chamber to deliver higher concentrations of oxygen than normal atmospheric pressure allows. HBOT is generally used to combat decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, embolisms, soft tissue infections, burns, and radiation injuries.
Oklahoma clinics, however, have seen 100 percent results in patients who have received this therapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorders and enforcement-related head injuries.
The therapy utilizes the notion that oxygen plays a vital role in the healing process. Since cells need oxygen to live and replicate, an increase of oxygen may help cells heal faster. However, according to these clinics doctors, the brain normally uses all of its available oxygen supply for cognition, leaving none to help the healing process. The hyperbaric chamber allows the body to take in an excess of oxygen to help the cells regenerate.
Volunteer patients—mostly wounded veterans, police officers, and firefighters—are placed into a hyperbaric chamber 40 to 80 times throughout the course of the treatment. Each session the chamber is set at one and a half atmospheres in an environment of 100 percent oxygen. This increases the amount of oxygen available to the brain by 700 percent. This allows cells the opportunity for oxygen saturation and increases the cells ability to regenerate.
Currently, the FDA hasn't deemed hyperbaric oxygen therapy as an "approved" or "proven" treatment for traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder. Hopefully, with more data, studies, and success stories, new treatments can be created and approved to help all those who suffer from catastrophic brain injuries.
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