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Brain injury treatment may include hyperbaric oxygen chamber use

Although Brain Injury Awareness Month will soon be over with the arrival of April, the effects of brain damage can live on for a long time in Massachusetts patients. One incident -- such as a vehicle crash or being struck in the head by an object -- can cause a brain injury that affects a person's world, either temporarily or for life, depending on the severity of the situation. Not only is the victim affected, but his or her family also must endure the painful ordeal as well.

Some patients believe they are able to heal their injured brains using hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments. With these treatments, patients are introduced to environments featuring 100 percent oxygen at more than two atmospheres of pressure. Proponents of these chamber medical treatments say that they not only help with traumatic brain injuries but also with other physical ailments, such as Parkinson's disease and even autism.

However, these treatments haven't yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for helping to treat traumatic brain injuries. The chambers also have not been promoted by the National Institutes of Health. Some researchers argue that the treatments may not actually be beneficial for brain injury victims.

Patients who suffer brain injuries certainly can benefit from staying abreast of medical developments that could improve their conditions long-term. Getting medical help certainly can be costly, and living with a brain injury can be emotionally challenging in Massachusetts. Still, if a traumatic brain injury stemmed from someone else's negligence, it is within a person's legal right to file a claim that seeks monetary relief for damages tied to the incident.

Source: pe.com, HEALTH: Brain injury treatments questioned, Mark Muckenfuss, March 21, 2014

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