Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a treatment used in the administration of oxygen, set at an ambient pressure higher than atmospheric pressure. HBOT has been in use since the 1940s to treat decompression sickness for divers, carbon monoxide poisoning, and infection. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be administered for the treatment of concussion, post-concussion syndrome (PCS), or a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
How Concussion and TBI Affect the Human Brain
When a person suffers blunt trauma to the head, they can experience a concussion which is included in the traumatic brain injury (TBI) category. A concussion impacts short term memory loss and a patient may not remember the incident or how the injury occurred. HBOT treats traumatic brain injury (TBI) by administering 100% oxygen at a set atmosphere absolute (ATA) level. In a Boussi-Gross 2013 clinical trial, 40 treatments at 60-minute sessions each, were administered with 100% oxygen at 1.5 ATA. Boussi-Gross concluded that, ‘HBOT can induce neuroplasticity leading to repair of chronically impaired brain functions and improved quality of life in mTBI clients with prolonged PCS at late chronic stage.’
Another case study published by Frontiers in Neuroscience, studied the administration of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to a patient with a brain injury. The objective of this study was to assess the neurotherapeutic (therapy to the nervous system) effect of HBOT on prolonged post-concussion syndrome (PPCS) due to TBI. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can induce neuroplasticity, a process in which the brain has the ability to form synaptic connections, particularly in response to learning following an injury.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Concussion
A lot of research has been conducted on HBOT in experimental TBI studies. Much of what has been discovered through this research points to HBOT treatment resulting in clarified diverse mechanisms leading to neuroprotection when used for treating concussion and TBI. What was found was that neuroprotection in the brain has been induced through various mechanisms such as:
- Increasing tissue oxygenation
- Reducing inflammation
- Decreasing apoptosis
- Reducing ICP
- Promoting neurogenesis and angiogenesis
This was outlined in a Quin-Hu 2016 clinical trial, where extensive testing was done to determine the effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for concussion and TBI. The standard practice is to administer 100% oxygen at an ATA rate of 1.5. Numerous studies and clinical trials have shown that HBOT treatment can increase neuroplasticity, reduce inflammation, and restore motor and cognitive function, even several years after the injury occurred.
The benefit of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for concussion, even if the injury occurred several years prior, can improve a patient’s health and on-going healing process. Treatment helps support brain functions and tissue to restore itself, enhance a patient’s quality of life, and well-being. As outlined in a previous published article, RegenQuest is a leader in hyperbaric oxygen therapy, whose staff and practitioners have a combined 30 years of education and training. RegenQuest offers a free consultation for those interested in hyperbaric oxygen therapy for concussion treatment or if they’ve experienced a past TBI. You can contact RegenQuest directly to schedule a consultation to determine how the cost-effective care treatment of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for concussion can help meet your care needs.