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Dr. Paul Harch Hyperbarics Inc. HBOT Treatments for Brain Injury

Dr. Paul Harch Hyperbarics Inc. HBOT Treatments
for Neurological Disorders

 

 

Marrero,LA

The Family Physicians' Center remains the primary HBOT practice site of Dr. Harch. This facility is equipped with 4 Sechrist monoplace hyperbaric oxygen chambers and TCOM (transcutaneous oxygen monitors). Both off-label and typically reimbursed indications are treated. This hyperbaric oxygen therapy clinic is one half mile from West Jefferson Medical Center with its multiplace hyperbaric department and the high resolution SPECT brain scanner that Dr. Harch uses for Scan-Dive-Scan procedures. Phone interviews, appointments, and New Orleans consultations can be scheduled by calling the office at: 504.309.4948

Wounded Troops Report Relief from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy DoD is Waiting for Results from Studies Before Endorsing it

Wounded Troops Report Relief from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
DoD is Waiting for Results from Studies Before Endorsing it

 

By Patricia Kime
pkime@militarytimes.com

 

Retired Army Sgt. Margaux Vair believes breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber eased the manifestations of her brain injury — migraines, memory loss and facial paralysis.

Vair, a military policewoman, was on deployment in Iraq in 2006 when her Humvee struck a roadside bomb, smashing herhead against the turret and briefly knocking her out. Three days later, she returned to duty and served three more months — until her vehicle rolled over another bomb.

“That’s when the nerve problems started,” she said. “I don’t know when the headaches began.”

Today, the Kent, Ohio, resident shows little evidence of paralysis and the headaches have faded — improvements she attributes to treatment in a hyperbaric chamber, the same pressurized units used for healing scuba divers with the bends.

A growing body of anecdotal evidence appears to indicate that hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, helps patients with traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder.

ANALYSIS OF HARCH JNT VETERAN STUDY HBOT IN BLAST-INDUCED TBI AND PTSD

A study on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in veterans with TBI/PTSD published in the Journal of NeurotraumaA study on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in veterans wight blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress (PTSD) was conducted by Dr. Paul G. Harch and colleagues at LSU School of Medicine New Orleans, the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and Amen Clinics. Sixteen active duty and retired U.S. veterans were treated with HBOT nearly three years after brain injuries and PTSD caused by improvised explosive device (IED) and rocket-propelled grenade explosions. All veterans had been diagnosed by military and/or civilian specialists with PCS and PTSD before entering the New Orleans study. Diagnoses confirmed by study authors before treatment.

Oxygen Treatment Holds Promise For Those With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Oxygen Treatment Holds Promise For Those With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by Pierce Egerton

Monday, November 28, 2011 12:57 PM EST

 

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-concussion syndrome (PCS) are all too frequently the result of motor vehicle accidents. Those who suffer such injuries often endure long-lasting effects. New research from Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center offers new hope for those with TBI/PCS – even those whose injury may have been years before.

 

Research led by Dr. Paul Harch, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at LSUHSC and published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, found that treatment with hyperbaric oxygen nearly three years after injury significantly improved function and quality of life for veterans with TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 

Sixteen US veterans injured in Iraq who had been diagnosed with mild-moderate traumatic brain injury/post-concussion syndrome (TBI/PCS) or traumatic brain injury/post-concussion syndrome/post-traumatic distress disorder (TBI/PCS/PTSD) were enrolled in the pilot study. The veterans underwent 40 treatments of low-dose hyperbaric oxygen therapy during 60-minute sessions over a 30-day period. They were retested within a week after treatment.

 

LSUHSC RESEARCH SHOWS RX WITH HYPERBARIC OXYGEN IMPROVED TBI & PTSD IN VETS

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LSUHSC Research Shows Rx with Hyperbaric Oxygen Improved TBI & PTSD in Veterans

           

New Orleans, LA – Research led by Dr. Paul Harch, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has found that treatment with hyperbaric oxygen nearly three years after injury significantly improved function and quality of life for veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The findings are available online now in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

            Sixteen US veterans injured in Iraq who had been diagnosed with mild-moderate traumatic brain injury/post-concussion syndrome (TBI/PCS) or traumatic brain injury/post-concussion syndrome/post-traumatic distress disorder (TBI/PCS/PTSD) were enrolled in the pilot study. They completed a history and physical exam as well as a clinical interview by a neuropsychologist, psychometric testing, symptom and quality of life questionnaires, and baseline SPECT (Single-photon emission computed tomography) brain blood flow imaging prior to treatment. The veterans then underwent 40 treatments of low-dose hyperbaric oxygen therapy during 60-minute sessions over a 30-day period. They were retested within a week after treatment.

A Phase I Study of Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Blast-Induced Post Concussion Syndrome Post Traumatic Stress

A Phase I Study of Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for

Blast-Induced Post Concussion Syndrome and

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

 

Harch P, Andrews SR, Fogarty E, Amen DG, Pezzullo JC, Lucarini J, Aubrey C, Taylor DV, Staab P, Van Meter K.

 

Louisians State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Medicine, 1816 Industrial Blvd, Harvey, Louisiana, United States, 70058, 504-366-1445, 504-366-1029; paulharchmd@gmail.com.

This is a preliminary report on the safety and efficacy of 1.5 ATA HBOT in military subjects with chronic blast-induced mild-moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI)/post-concussion syndrome (PCS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Method: 16 military subjects received forty 1.5 ATA/60 minute HBOTs in 30 days. 

Symptoms, physical and neurological exams, SPECT brain imaging, neuropsychological and psychological testing were completed before and within one week after treatment.

 

Results:

  • subjects experienced reversible middle ear barotrauma (5)
  • transient deterioration in symptoms (4),
  • and reversible bronchospasm (1); one subject withdrew.

 

Post treatment testing demonstrated significant improvement in:

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatments Prove Effective for Army Sergeant with TBI / PTSD

The American Legion Magazine

 

The War Within: Part II- Paths to Healing

The prescription for relief from PTS is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

By Steve B. Brooks - October 1, 2011

http://www.legion.org/magazine/159052/war-within-part-ii-paths-healing

 

Tim HeckerThe prescription for relief from PTS is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

 

Tim Hecker joined the Army at 18 and soon decided to make a career of it. He served 22 years in all, in and out of combat, rising to the rank of master sergeant. In the summer of 1990, he married his high‑school sweetheart, Tina, and the couple had three children.

Then Tim couldn't remember having married Tina. He couldn't tell his sons apart. Their names escaped him.

Injuries suffered in two separate roadside-bomb explosions in a span of two months in Iraq in early 2008 left him with a traumatic brain injury and severe post-traumatic stress. He was no longer the man Tina had married.

Tulane to Host Paul Harch MD HBOT in Cerebral Palsy, Pediatric Brain Injury, Autism and More

Tulane University to Host Paul G. Harch MD Learn What More Than Hope Can Be Done for Cerebral Palsy, Pediatric Brain Injury, Autism, ADHD, ADD, & Learning Disorders

It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue.  Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level.  In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body's natural healing ability is unable to function properly.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves the quality of life of the patient in many areas when standard medicine is not working.  Many conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, head injuries, and chronic fatigue have responded favorably to HBOT.

Has your child or do you know someone whose child has been diagnosed with ADHD learning disability or ADD? They’ve been prescribed medication…and your prescription is simply to hope…

Does your child or do you know someone who’s child has cerebral palsy…they’ve had therapy, surgeries…and your asked simply to hope for the best…

Ronald McDonald House Child’s Testimony of HBOT for Brain Trauma

A Child’s Testimony of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Brain Trauma and the Warm Hospitality of the Ronald McDonald House

 The Ronald McDonald House of New Orleans  has been brightened up with the smiles and cheerful squeals of 4 year old Rusty Webb. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) treatments at the Family Physicians Center with Dr. Paul Harch.

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