Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for the silent injuries of war
As a member of the board of the National Hyperbaric Association, I was honoured to have participated in the production of this Veteran’s Day program that showcase veterans and their struggle with the silent injuries of war. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and work of physician champions like Dr. Eddie Zant have had significant impact on the lives of veterans with the silent injuries of war.
In the largest study to date the results showed that hyperbaric therapy was associated with significant improvements in post concussive symptoms and secondary outcomes, including PTSD (which most participants had), depression, sleep quality, satisfaction with life, and physical, cognitive, and mental health functioning.
In the words of the principle investigator of this largest DOD study, as published on the VA website, in speaking about the results of the study, “People did get better and we can’t ignore these results.”