Study reveals positive outcomes for TBI victims through hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Legal News for Attorneys who handle TBI cases. National trial will treat up to 1,000 people suffering from traumatic brain injuries with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Study revealed benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for victims suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

New Orleans, LA—In a new study conducted by the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been successfully used in treating the traumatic brain injuries (TBI) of military veterans, generally caused by mid-battle explosions. The therapy, known for its beneficial use in aiding those who suffer from brain decompression illness (deep-sea divers), has also proved to be helpful in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to information provided by

The International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation, a nonprofit organization, reported that in using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat traumatic brain injuries, patients showed a “15-point increase in IQ in little more than a month, a great reduction of depression, four times the expected improvements in… headaches and sleep disturbances, and great improvements in post-traumatic stress disorder”. Dr. Paul Harch, president of the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation and clinical associate professor at the LSU Interim Public Hospital, has reportedly treated nearly 40 TBI victims using the therapy and seen alleged response rates of 90 to 99 percent.

With a national trial set to begin within the next few weeks, the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation will be treating up to 1,000 eligible patients from 15 different sites throughout the United States. Each patient will undergo 80 sessions of the therapy over a period of five months, leaving participants able to listen to music, watch TV, or even sleep from within a hyperbaric oxygen chamber while undergoing pain-free therapeutic treatment. As if the study didn’t already sound appealing to victims suffering from traumatic brain injuries, according to Harch, “The beauty of it is there are no side effects and (it can be done) years and years after the injury.”

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Lawyers who handle TBI cases.