Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work For Brain Injuries?

Previously, we discussed the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment for traumatic brain injuries. The treatment is still not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but it gained widespread notoriety after the Oklahoma Senate passed a bill to fund free hyperbaric oxygen therapies for veterans who suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Many veterans swear by the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Originally used to treat drivers suffering decompression sickness, the treatment consists of placing someone in a chamber with air pressure significantly higher than normal, which allows the lungs to absorb more oxygen.

Despite much anecdotal evidence pointing towards the treatment as a panacea for traumatic brain injury victims, researchers are concerned about a lack of clinical studies. The U.S. Department of Defense sponsored a study in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University. One group of participants received hyperbaric oxygen therapy, one group received increased air pressure without increased oxygen and a control group received no increased air-pressure or oxygen.

While those that received hyperbaric oxygen therapy did improve, the difference between groups was not significant enough to confidently be attributed to the treatment. Those heading up the project arrived at the hopeful conclusion that what really helped the traumatic brain injury victims was the break from military routine and the opportunity to rest in a nurturing, stress-free environment.

Bear in mind that this is only one study, and the treatment itself is still in an experimental stage. As the treatment catches on with the scientific community, further studies will hopefully provide the final word on its effectiveness. Until then, hyperbaric oxygen therapy remains a popular therapy among veterans.

I Need An Injury Lawyer That Handles Traumatic Brain Injuries

For non-veterans, the treatment can be incredibly expensive or not covered by medical insurance. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury and need compensation to pay for your treatment, do not settle with the liable party’s insurance provider without first consulting with an experienced lawyer.

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