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Good News for Traumatic Brain Injury

By Wednesday, 05 August 2015 04:59 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Recently, a number of articles have highlighted the value pro football Hall of Famer Joe Namath found in treating brain problems with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

In fact, Joe was so pleased with the results that he has formed the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center in Jupiter, Fla., to further research of the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Additional articles on the value of HBOT have come out of the military, where they ran some studies using air under pressure, which they called a placebo, in comparison to HBOT.

The problem is that air under pressure is not a placebo, as there is significant increase in the oxygen levels in blood with the increased pressure. Therefore, there was not significant difference in the placebo group versus the ones that received HBOT.

The failure to understand that air under pressure is not a placebo goes back a number of years, when there was a Canadian study on treatment of cerebral palsy with HBOT — which delivered the same result.

However, my experience, and that of many others, has shown that HBOT is very effective in treating cerebral palsy.

Other articles that have been published in recent years suggest that SPECT brain scans can differentiate between TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The articles report that with TBI or blast exposure, injury to the brain tissues shows up as areas of decreased localization on the SPECT brain scan, whereas a patient with pure PTSD will show some increased localization in the basilar areas in the basal ganglia, insula, thalamus, prefrontal cortex, and temporal lobes.

TBI causes decreased localization in these areas due to impairment of brain function secondary to the brain injury from the concussive trauma or vascular problems caused by blast.

The ability of SPECT brain scans to differentiate between TBI and PTSD is critical, as the treatment programs for these two conditions are different.

Again, I would note that HBOT has been of significant benefit for treating both conditions, particularly TBI.

Hopefully, the value of SPECT brain scans will be better appreciated because of these articles and others that will be published in the future.

It is unfortunate that, even today, a number of physicians are not aware of the value of SPECT brains scan, and know little of the value of HBOT. In my experience, SPECT brain scans are extremely useful in demonstrating brain injury — especially in patients who have been told that their symptoms were psychological. The scans have also been beneficial in providing a mechanism to document physical responses to HBOT.

I believe that SPECT brain scans and HBOT will both soon be recognized as medical procedures with significant benefits.

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