In the world of hyperbaric medicine, concussion always seems to be present. Although hyperbaric oxygen therapy is good for many things, we see such wonderful results with our concussion patients. I had a new patient a few weeks ago with a “simple concussion” but that had left her out of work for over a year.
So let’s go back to basics. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury with disruption in brain function, which can include loss of consciousness, memory loss, confusion, and delayed response to emotion. It can also have visual disturbances like blurry vision and headache and dizziness. Most patients who suffer a concussion do not have all of these symptoms, however, it’s important to know the signs so that you don’t brush it off as “nothing”.
We associate concussions commonly with sports injury, and they are plentiful there. Yet, we can receive a concussion from other events in our life: car accident, falling, any other accident where there is a blow to the head. I had one patient who was hiking and moving fast enough through the woods that he ran head on into a tree.
Most people recover from a concussion within 2-3 days, but we are seeing more and more patients who are having lingering effects for months. The brain loves oxygen and when we do treatments with hyperbaric oxygen, the brain bounces back so quickly!
If you think you had a concussion, or are still suffering from a previous concussion, please give our office a call so we can get you healthy again.