How does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) help to treat a Concussion?
HBOT is being studied in the treatment of concussion and post-concussion syndrome with promising results. Concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury, is a common sports injury. In concussion, the brain tissue is bruised when it impacts the inflexible skull due to a blow or jolt to the head causing an inflammatory response and swelling of the tissue as the brain responds to injury. The rationale for the use HBOT is based on its ability to dramatically increase, by 2-3 times, the delivery of oxygen to injured brain tissues to promote healing, and reduce swelling, inflammation and increased pressure in the brain.
Studies & Reviews:
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Improve Post-Concussion Syndrome Years After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Randomized Prospective Trial
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (1.5 ATA) In Treating Sports Related TBI/CTE: Two Case Reports
- Case report: Treatment of mild traumatic brain injury with hyperbaric oxygen (PDF)