Military Shares Plans of Effectively Testing Brain-Injury Therapy

Military Shares Plans of Effectively Testing Brain-Injury Therapy

Reports have shared that the American military is all set to hold trials over the coming year to try and assess if breathing of pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber could end up helping over a thousand Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who are currently suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

It has been shared that nearly 300 service member who are presently suffering from mild to moderate damage would be a part of the trials of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in order to try and determine whether the same can help them heal, or at least relieve the frequent headaches, mood swings and other symptoms which can be directly linked to a brain injury.

Some of the participating members will be spending a total of 40 hours over as many as 10 weeks breathing nothing but pure oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber. The atmospheric pressure in the chamber will be increase to a level which is similar to that which is experienced when one is 20 feet under water.

A control group, on the other hand, would be breathing room air in a hyperbaric chamber under conditions which would try and approximate the level of pressure being felt by the test group.

Col. Richard Ricciardi, of Washington, D. C., with the Defense Center of Excellence, shared on Thursday that although the therapy is unproven, the clinical trials are warranted.