Closed Head Injury and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

A closed head injury used to mean that a patient would have to forever live with their new limitations and disabilities. New developments in hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to help those with closed head injuries.

Regular hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions can help someone with a mild to severe closed head injury recover the skills and brain function that they need to resume living a healthy, normal life.

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Hyperbaric Chamber Closed Head Injury

A closed head injury is a very scary injury to deal with, both for the victim and his family. Closed head injury is a type of traumatic brain injury where the skull and brain remain intact[1].  Since the skull remains intact, the initial effects of the injury may not be seen or noticed. This delays treatment and can lead to greater injury.

Together with other types of mild traumatic brain injuries, closed head injuries are 75% of the brain injuries that occur in the United States. They are the leading cause of death in children under four years old, in addition to being the biggest cause of physical and cognitive disability in children.

The primary ways in which a closed head injury occurs include car accidents, sports injuries, falls, and violence. However, with the war in Iraq, blasts and detonations of bombs can also cause closed head injuries. This is because of the changes in pressure and movement of the brain.

As veterans return from war and the amount of closed head injuries increase, it’s important to seek out effective, cost-efficient therapies that can help people with closed head injuries. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling can help patients re-learn much of what they knew prior to their injury. However, they are often temporary fixes that may not lead to permanent changes in a patient’s abilities.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a type of therapy in which a patient is exposed to 100% oxygen while in a chamber, has been demonstrated to be successful in treating closed head injuries[2].  The treatment assists the brain in recovering neurons that can be healed and used to restore normal function of the brain.

Since sport injuries are a leading cause of closed head injuries, it’s important to see what those who work closely with athletes have to say. LSU coach Les Miles started doing his own research on hyperbaric oxygen therapy and found that it is very beneficial for those with closed head injuries. In fact, he got to speak closely with two of the leading people in the field of hyperbaric oxygen therapy—Keith Van Meter and Paul Harch[3].

As veterans return from war and the amount of closed head injuries increase, it’s important to seek out effective, cost-efficient therapies that can help people with closed head injuries.

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Hyperbaric Chamber Closed Head Injury

In recent decades, Van Meter and Paul Harch have been working hard to tweak hyperbaric oxygen therapy for different types of injuries and diagnoses. By adjusting dosages and concentrations, they have found the proper dosage for people with closed head injuries.

As with any other type of therapy, the earlier someone with a closed head injury can receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the better their chances of recovery and the more skills and abilities they are able to recover. Regular hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions can help someone with a mild to severe closed head injury recover the skills and brain function that they need to resume living a healthy, normal life.

 

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