Treating Brain Injury with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

hyperbaric chamber

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Directly:

  • Increases tissue oxygenation in the brain*
  • Slows and reverses hypoxic induced apoptosis*
  • Restores blood supply to the compromised region of the brain*
  • Generates new capillary networks (neovascularization)*
  • Aids other regenerative therapies, such as PRP and stem cell therapies*

*Results may vary; no guarantee of specific results



TBI patient during HBOT

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. About 70 – 90% of TBI cases are classified as mild, and up to 25% of affected patients will not recover and suffer chronic neurocognitive impairments. The main pathology in these cases involves diffuse brain injuries, which are hard to detect by anatomical imaging yet noticeable in functional imaging that measures tissue metabolism in the brain.


Many studies show the effectiveness of HBOT in improving brain function and quality of life in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) patients suffering chronic neurocognitive impairments. The common conclusion is that HBOT can induce neuroplasticity, leading to repair of chronically impaired brain functions and improved quality of life in mTBI patients with prolonged post-concussion syndrome (PCS) at late chronic stage. Studies also reveal that HBOT can reduce cognitive impairment related to memory performance and connectivity using functional MRI.


At TBI Therapy, HBOT is used to treat brain injury as part of a regenerative therapy protocol: the TBI Therapy Protocol. Patient sessions in a hyperbaric chamber are designed to stimulate growth factors promoted in PRP therapy and the production of stem cells in regenerative cellular therapy.






What Is HBOT?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment that can help enhance the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. HBOT is used for a wide variety of treatments, usually as a part of an overall medical care plan.

How Does HBOT Work?

Oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone, carrying it to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. The increased oxygen can greatly enhance the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduce swelling, and allow new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas.

How Can HBOT Help?

In many cases, such as circulatory problems, non-healing wounds, and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly. HBOT provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.

Informative Videos on HBOT

Dr. Sherr joined Dr. Peter Kechejian for this "Pain is the PITS" Podcast to talk in greater detail about HBOT.