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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
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soliscinco posted:
Has anyone used HBOT therapy for stroke? If so, what was outcome? I have substantial weakness in legs, mild weakness in arms and marked spacicity resulting from a Bi-lateral R>L pontine infarction causing damage to the L>R corticospinal tracts in October 2011
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Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been studied in depth for the treatment of stroke, brain injury and a variety of other neurologic disorders. In all cases there was no demonstrable benefit to HBO. You will find many testimonials and claims on the Internet and there are many physicians willing to promote HBO for stroke and make sensational claims. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have raised the question once again as whether HBO may help in Traumatic Brain Injury and government is funding a number of studies.

I tell families that there is no evidence that it works, but if they can afford it, want to try it and there are no medical contraindications, then they should go to the most reputable HBO centers for their therapy. They should understand that the evidence points against it working for stroke and brain injury.

I hate to be negative, but want to be realistic and keep people from spending money they may not have on therapies that have little, if any, chance of helping.

Good Luck
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.


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