HBOT for Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injury may occur due to reckless and non-reckless behavior and as a result of sports injuries. Injuries may be a single event or secondary to multiple injuries. This may also be part of Traumatic Brain Disorder (TBD) that is now seen in brain-injured veterans as well as high-profile sports stars such as NFL players and boxers that sustain repeated head injuries or concussions.
HBOT Can Also Be A Lifesaver In Cases Of Severe Brain Injury
The mechanism of salvaging the brain in the acute situation is by reducing the inflammation that is present and by allowing reperfusion to the area of damage or inflammatory swelling. In chronic cases, HBOT can restore function in idling neurons (neurons that are not harmed, but functioning poorly, due to inadequate blood supply). The second mechanism of action is where blood supply is restored secondary to angiongenesis, or new blood vessel formation, created by HBOT and by improving the environment stimulating the production of new neuronal DNA.
Another acute situation is injury caused by a lightning strike. HBOT should be considered if mental changes and cognitive dysfunction occur after the event. The fact that some restoration of brain function can occur many years after the initial event goes to show that it is never too late to consider HBOT in this situation.
- George Allibone M.D.