Disabled Veterans Testing Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Hyperbaric oxygen has shown to help restore the dead portion of the brain by repairing damaged neurons and recreating neurological responses again for those who suffer severe head-trauma, many of which consist of disabled veterans.
Take the case of Marine Sgt. Jeff Brennan. Brennan suffered multiple head injuries, while serving in the Gulf War in 1992, and has since suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and memory loss.
When traditional treatments like anti-depressants and counseling no longer helped, Brennan agreed to undergo the hyperbaric oxygen treatment piloted by doctors at the Restorix Research Institute in Issaquah, Wash. At the facility, Brennan has sessions 5 days a week for 1-4 months where he breathes pure oxygen inside a hyperbaric chamber for 60 minutes.
Brennan is the first veteran in Restorix’s study, which seeks 1,000 participants. Of the 15 patients already treated, they have seen promising results and the lead researcher, Dr. Latisha Smith, hopes that, with more positive results in disabled veterans like Brennan, the U.S. government will take notice and approve the therapy for all servicemembers.
Reducing the effects of a traumatic brain injury is one of the keys to avoiding mental disorders, disabilities, and PTSD. For veterans who suffer from these disabling conditions, seeking veterans’ disability benefits can help them obtain better health care and new treatment options.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our associates today – 1-(800)-800-3332.