Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (also known as HBOT) is a form of therapy that dates back centuries, known for its restorative effects. This form of therapy, based on breathing 100% oxygen, has proven to have healing abilities, used for a number of medical conditions. Using hyperbaric oxygen therapy for traumatic brain injury can prove beneficial in healing.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a process that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber or room. It is a well-known treatment for decompression sickness (associated with divers). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also used to treat serious infections, air bubbles in the blood stream and wounds that won’t heal due to radiation treatment or diabetes.
How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?
As your body’s tissue requires oxygen to function. When tissue is injured it needs even more oxygen to survive. The benefit of hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, which helps to promote tissue functions and fight infection.
In a HBOT chamber, the pressure is increased higher than the normal level. This helps to create the right conditions for your lungs to gather more oxygen than it is usually able to in normalized air pressure. The extra oxygen is then carried via your blood throughout the body to all tissues and cells. This aides in helping to fight bacteria, while also stimulating the release of growth factors and stem cells, integral in promoting healing throughout the body.
What Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treat?
This form of therapy can be used to treat numerous medical conditions. It can be used for burns, crush injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning, bone infections, radiation injury, failed skin grafts, sudden deafness, brain abscesses and recently studies have shown that it is very affective for treating concussion and to treat traumatic brain injuries.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
This form of injury usually comes from a violent blow to the body or head. Symptoms of brain injury can include (but are not limited to):
- Loss of Consciousness
- Slurred Speech
- Blurred Vision
If you have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, your doctor may recommend hyperbaric oxygen therapy. If not, you may want to suggest it yourself.
Are There Any Safety Hazards to Using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
As hyperbaric oxygen therapy is considered to be a safe procedure, the chance of complications are rare. However, like most medical treatments, it does come with some risks. Therefore, it’s important to always choose a reputable company that has the experience and training to deliver the treatment that you’re looking for.
What Can You Expect from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Our health care professionals are able to advise you on all your hyperbaric oxygen therapy FAQs prior to entering the room. This form of treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure, therefore not requiring hospitalization. During the treatment, the increased pressure can create the same feeling of fullness in your ears as you might feel while descending on an airplane flight. This feeling can be relieved by swallowing or yawning.
Depending on your diagnosis, the therapy lasts between 80-120 minutes. You will be monitored by a team of dedicated professionals throughout the treatment. Afterwards, you can carry on as usual.
In order to receive the full benefits of the therapy, you will need more than one session. This type of therapy is part of a treatment plan, and is not to replace medication and other therapies.
For more information about traumatic brain injury, how hyperbaric oxygen therapy works or to arrange a consultation today with dedicated professionals, don’t hesitate to call: +1 (954) 571-9392.