The statistics of Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI in the United States are staggering, with approximately 1.5 million cases being reported on an annual basis.
According to reports, approximately 5.3 million people are believed to be battling their disabilities caused by traumatic brain injuries in the US. Medical professionals are currently trying to unravel effective treatment solutions such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT therapy, that are known to help patients cope with the debilitating effects of TBI in a better manner.
A Landmark Initiative By the Former Pro Football Veterans and TreatNOW
A remarkable initiative was undertaken by the Pro Football Retired Players Association (PFRPA) on the 27th of June, 2018, in Washington, DC to honor veterans who had suffered brain injuries and were subsequently treated with HBOT.
An estimated 3000 patients sufffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and related disorders are believed to have experienced significant relief after undergoing HBOT sessions on a regular basis. Beneficiaries include veterans of the armed forces, police and fire department officicals, athletes from various sporting arenas, etc. Mr. Robert Schmidt, the Executive Director of PFRPA, is committed to highlighting the innumerable HBOT Therapy benefits that can make a world of difference to all the veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury that they have endured on the battlefield.
This landmark initative has been organised by PFRPA in collaboration with the TreatNOW coalition and many other specialists from the field of hyperbaric science. A number of veterans and sports persons who have experienced an enhanced state of wellbeing after undergoing HBOT therapy will be introduced and honored by members of the Congress on the 27th of June, 2018 at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC.
It is a well known fact that any brain damage, whether inflicted during a war or a sporting event, can lead to life-threatening neurological complications for the concerned individual, be they a soldieror an athlete. These afflictions can result in impairment of critical physiological or mental abilities and cause severe emotional trauma for the patient.
However, the HBOT therapy benefits have proved to be a life changing experience for army veterans and noted retired football players that had suffered brain injuries during games. Bill Romanowsky, Roy Jefferson, Joe Namath, and many other sporting legends are amongst those benefited by HBOT.
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
The brain is one of the most important parts of the human body, and is primarily responsible for all the cognitive functions and motor abilities that are necessary for living a healthy and productive life.
Any impact on the brain during an accident can have a detrimental effect on the life of the concerned individual. If an individual suffers a head injury during an accident, there is a high probability of inflammation in the internal tissues of the brain, causing a condition known as Hypoxia, wherein the oxygen depletes in a matter of a few minutes immediately after the impact. This lack of oxygen triggers cell destruction in the affected area and disrupts vital cognitive capabilities such as the speech, memory, and motor skills of the injured individual.
What are the Main Causes of TBI?
There are various factors that can result in TBI, including head injuries caused by faulty discharge whilst handling fire-arms, motor accidents, impact from a fall, etc.
There are numerous other health complications that are known to cause traumatic brain Injury, such as tumors, strokes, deceleration injuries, chemical or toxic metabolic disorders, etc.
What is HBOT or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and How is it Administered?
HBOT or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a popular alternative treatment solution that is being prescribed by specialists around the world. It is known to provide relief to patients suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and other related disorders.
The hyperbaric expert responsible for administering the therapy prescribes the duration of the HBOT session after conducting a comprehensive medical evaluation of the patient. The affected individual is then placed in a hyperbaric chamber that is fully equipped with a bed and a sealed, clear glass window. The chamber is pressurized, airconditioned, and sterile. The patient can choose to carry a book or watch televison through the glass panel during the HBOT session.
Within the chamber, the patient is administered pure oxygen at enhanced pressure levels that can range between 1.2 atm to 5 atm, depending on the medical requirement. The duration of a session can range between 60 to 90 minutes. Two to four sessions a week, over an approximate period of two months or more, are usually required for the HBOT therapy benefits to be felt by the patient.
What Are the HBOT Therapy Benefits that Provide Relief to Patients with TBI?
During the HBOT treatment, the oxygenated blood is transfered to all the hypoxic tissues or Ischemic Penumbra of the brain that have been deprived of oxygen due to TBI. This oxygenation positively impacts the neurological functions in the patient.
This process of rejuvenation helps revive the dormant neurons that are present in the brain and steadily reconnects them to other vital parts of the brain, thereby restoring near-normal levels of neurological capabilities in the patient.
A renowned expert in the field of Hyperbaric science - Dr. Paul Harch, operates from a small clinic in Louisiana. Dr. Harch has been propagating Hyperbaric therapy benefits since the 1980s’ and is known to have successfully treated numerous patients suffering from TBI and other related disorders during the last three decades.
Medical studies conducted by a noted specialist such as Dr. Richard Neubauer have revealed various HBOT Therapy benefits, wherein fresh blood cell development has been observed around the damaged area of the brain after the TBI patients undergo successive HBOT sessions over a specified period of time.
Therefore, this entire intiative by PFRPA and TreatNOW has been curated to highlight the positive attributes of HBOT therapy to the world. The prime focus of this event is to educate the Congress, the medical fraternity, and the health insurance industry, to ensure that all individuals with TBI or related disorders can get the requisite access to this alternative treatment option. Thereby, they will be able to pave the way to quick recovery and a healthy future.