For a long time, treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) have been nonexistent, and people experiencing TBI have had to deal with varying levels of physical, mental, and emotional disability because of it.
However, new research has confirmed previous theories that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be an effective treatment for TBI—and now possibly even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This research, conducted by Dr. Paul Harch, a New Orleans-based hyperbaric medicine physician and researcher, could have significant implications for modern TBI and PTSD treatments.
ALBANY -- A therapy delivering 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber may be a "game-changer" for treating military veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may be a difference maker.
HBOT works for a simple reason. A healthy brain uses 100% of the oxygen the body provides it. However, when there is trauma to the brain, it needs extra oxygen to heal. HBOT provides that extra oxygen.
We describe a prospective case study of a sport SCUBA diver with Type II Decompression Sickness (brain injury) in which HMPAO SPECT Scan brain imaging with oxygen intervention was used in the identification of potentially recoverable brain tissue which subsequently responded to low pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as demonstrated by improvement in neurological functions and seen in SPECT Scan brain images.
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LSU is working with doctors in New Orleans who might just hold the key to eliminating both long and short-term concussion effects. If their research treating brain injuries with hyperbaric oxygen therapy proves fruitful, one of the most pressing issues in sports could finally be showing some light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may revolutionize the way concussions are treated.
By LUKE JOHNSON
Tiger Rag Assistant Editor
BY SCOTT RABALAIS
the more oxygen you put into your system for a variety of things the better it is,” Miles said recently.
His personal revelation led Miles to start peppering LSU’s medical staff with questions about the potential of oxygen treatment for injuries. Eventually, it led Miles to the discovery that a pair of doctors in New Orleans, Paul Harch and Keith Van Meter, were at the forefront of hyperbaric oxygen therapy...
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN AND CHRONIC TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Eight active duty and eight recently retired servicemen were self-referred or referred by their military commanders/physicians. Fourteen subjects had pre-study diagnoses of TBI/PCS with PTSD, and two subjects had TBI/PCS. Prestudy diagnostic evaluations and criteria were not available to the study authors. All subjects underwent brain MRI in the military prior to treatment. All subjects gave informed consent and enrolled in LSU IRB #7051.
Paul G. Harch, M.D. announces successful treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) for veterans suffering from debilitating concussive brain injury.
(New Orleans, LA) November 05, 2012 -- Following publication of the first case of HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) benefiting veterans with TBI and PTSD in 2009, Dr. Harch and colleagues published confirmatory evidence in January of this year in the prestigious peer-reviewed Journal of Neurotrauma. http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/neu.2011.1895
The Advocate February 6, 2009
Dr. Paul Harch, an LSU Health Sciences Center emergency medicine professor, is starting a pilot study on treating people with chronic traumatic brain and post traumatic stress disorder, according to a statement from LSU Health Sciences Center.
The study will examine 30 participants, half with traumatic brain injury and half with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, the statement says. Participants will undergo oral, written and computer tests as well as brain imaging before and after receiving 40 to 80 treatments of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Researchers are looking to see if the therapy improves thinking ability, and quality of life and reduces post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 2 percent of the population needs long-term assistance because of a traumatic brain injury, the statement says. Traumatic brain injury has been the “signature” injury of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the statement says. For more information or to determine if you qualify, call (504) 309-4948.
Director of Information Services
LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans
The Secret to Growing New Brain Cells: Sleep, Exercise and Hyperbaric Oxygen?
A 33-year-old drunk driver wraps his pick-up truck around a tree and is brought to the emergency room at a small, community hospital in Slidell, Louisiana. His emergency room doctor, Dr. Paul Harch, recalled the scene. “You know, high-speed, straight into a pick-up, no seatbelt, and the flexion injury rendered him paralyzed immediately. By the time they got him off the floorboard of the truck…he had a flicker of movement in his one big toe; within forty minutes he was densely paraplegic. At three in the morning the neurosurgeon, radiologist and myself looked at each other…and the only explanation was that he had a vascular injury to his spinal cord. And almost in unison we said, “Gosh, I wonder what he could do with a little oxygen?” I put him in the hyperbaric chamber and he moved his toe. When we took him out, he had sensation down in the foot. Incrementally, every time I put him in, he got more and more sensation. In seventeen days, he walked out of the hospital. That just blew everybody away.”