A Time of Transitions for EveryoneFriday, August 31st, 2012
Summer’s almost over and the kids are going back to school. If you’re like Lin and me, you can’t quite believe that your youngest is off to college! It’s a time of transitions for everyone in the family. For those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s too often a time filled with challenges. Clearly, we must find ways to provide the support they need, particularly for those suffering the silent injuries of TBI and PTSD. On a personal note, we have learned a great deal from dealing with our own son, who has suffered both TBI and PTSD. He underwent treatment with Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (“HBOT”), and the results have been nothing short of a miracle.
Our son’s therapy was based on a recent study by physician Dr. Paul Harch on veterans suffering from the chronic effects of mild blast-induced TBI and PTSD. The study produced extraordinary results and led us to try the therapy with our son. In the veterans study, headaches, post-concussion symptoms, abnormal neurological exam findings, cognition, quality of life, and brain blood flow were significantly improved after a one month course of HBOT. At a six month phone follow-up, the great majority of veterans sustained their symptomatic improvements.
HBOT has always been safe, and is a remarkably effective treatment for burn and wound victims. Now, the Harch study results show it to be a highly effective treatment for veterans with TBI and PTSD. The study argues strongly for the immediate application of HBOT to the hundreds of thousands of veterans with persistent post-concussion syndrome with or without post-traumatic stress disorder. We agree. To read the study click here.