We provide a safe and effective treatment for concussion patients with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Knoxville.
What is a concussion? A concussion is defined as a mild traumatic brain injury that can result in brain damage or an altered mental state.
There is a wide variety of symptoms of concussions, and ways to treat one depending on the severity.
Patients will experience one or more symptoms from one or more categories, and at varying intensities.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion will include feeling “foggy”, light and sound sensitivity, smell and taste dysfunction, a heaviness or fullness sensation in the head, nausea or vomiting. Irritability, aggression, anxiety, loss of impulse control and problems planning or multitasking are also some of the more severe symptoms. Memory loss can be experienced as well, even long term amnesia caused by repetitive trauma. Personality changes have been reported by some, even decades after the traumatic event that caused the concussion in the first place.
The main causes of concussions are head injuries from falls, car accidents and sport related injuries. Football is the most common sport associated with causing concussions because they are especially vulnerable to hits to the head because of the way the game is played. Other sports, such as ice hockey and soccer follow close behind in those statistics. It is estimated that one third of former athletes suffer from CTE as well.
Post Concussion Syndrome
What can result in the long term after suffering a concussion for some is what is referred to as Post Concussion Syndrome. This is a disorder that affects even the whole body.It can go away in time, but repetitive brain injuries can result in chronic dizziness, headaches and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).
There has been lots of research done in recent years on how all these symptoms can be alleviated using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).
Sessions in a pressurized oxygen chamber have been increasingly showing promise in improving the symptoms of concussions, as soon as they are inflicted all the way to years down the line when CTE and worse diagnoses are developed in the patient.
The brain needs oxygen and energy to function optimally. An emerging concept is that these traumatic brain injuries are like wounds on other parts of our body, but not as readily visible. Exposure to hyperbaric oxygen increases the amount of oxygen that is carried by the blood.
Because disruptions in blood flow are common in mTBI, HBOT allows for oxygen to be delivered and to facilitate healing. HBOT triggers healing by promoting the release of stem cells that can migrate to injured areas, promoting angiogenesis (the growth of new capillaries) and supporting energy production at the level of the mitochondria.