NC veterans with TBI, PTSD to receive free hyperbaric oxygen treatments

NC veterans with TBI, PTSD to receive free hyperbaric oxygen treatments

Extivita RTP is finding success using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Under Senate Bill 422, and in collaboration with The Community Foundation of NC East,...

Clinical Trial – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Adult Onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the long term effect of severely distressing
traumatic event characterized by intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and avoidance. Brain imaging
of PTSD patients demonstrate alterations in regional brain perfusion, with stunned,
hypoperfused regions. Those brain-biological pathologies may be responsible for the limited
success rate of currently available interventions.

During the last years data regarding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) induced neuroplasticity
accumulated. A number of studies in traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular attacks, and
fibromyalgia have presented evidence of improved perfusion and recovery of metabolic brain
tissues, accompanied by clinical improvement under HBOT even years after the acute insults.

Considerable evidence supports potential benefit of HBOT on PTSD, however, no clinical trial
was done on this pure PTSD population. The aim of the proposed study is to examine hyperbaric
oxygen therapy as a treatment for PTSD. Advanced brain imaging and functional analysis tools
will be used to evaluate treatment’s effect.