Conditions Treated By HBOT
There are many neurological conditions that respond well to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). When the brain is deprived of oxygen for a period of time, nerve damage may occur. While some parts of the brain may be permanently damaged, some areas are simply in an idle, shocked state. Dr. Richard Neubauer (considered by many to be the father of using HBOT for neurological conditions) calls these brain-nerve cells the ‘Recoverable Brain’. When oxygen concentrations are increased to the point above what the blood could normally deliver, the 'Recoverable Brain' cells are jump-started back to life!
Below are some of the many conditions that can be treated by HBOT:
- Acute Necrotizing Fasciitis
- Anoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Carbon Monoxide Intoxication
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic Fatigue
- Cranial Nerve Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Decompression Illness
- Gas Gangrene
- Lepromatous Leprosy
- Lyme Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Poor Wound Healing
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Post Surgical Repair of Ligaments and Tendons
- Radiation Osteonecrosis
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Sickle Cell Crisis
- Traumatic Brain Injury
As is evident from the above list, HBOT can be helpful in many conditions. Depending on the presenting condition, certain testing may be ordered to better ascertain whether or not HBOT would be a viable option. These tests may include an EEG and/or a SPECT scan. Following a review of those test results, the doctor will prepare a customized treatment plan.
Results from treatments vary from individual to individual. Some may see dramatic results; others may see less miraculous improvements, yet still gain benefit. Many CP patients treated with HBOT regain their ability to swallow, and therefore no longer need to use a feeding tube. Others may once again recognize family members, or regain their ability to communicate, a blessing for many.
Still there are some cases that do not respond to HBOT. It is therefore imperative to establish the possibility of recovery using one of the diagnostic tools described. It is important to understand that HBOT only helps re-awaken or 'jump-start' the damaged brain. Once awakened, the brain needs to be retrained in order to function optimally. Therefore, many adjunctive therapies, such as EEG Neurofeedback, physical therapy and speech therapy must be utilized. In fact, some may only notice improvements once the brain gets this retraining. Significant strides in progress of therapy can occur after HBOT.
For further information on hyperbaric oxygen therapy as it relates to specific conditions, ask our office staff.