From celebrities to forward thinking medical practitioners, the conversation about the value of hyperbaric treatment for those suffering from traumatic brain injury, (TBI) is growing louder and louder. For many, the conclusion is “rightly so.”
Just ask football Hall of Famer Joe Namath. In 2012, he began an experimental hyperbaric oxygen treatment from two doctors at Jupiter Medical Center near his Florida home. Neither of them was a neurological specialist, but after 120 trips into Jupiter’s oxygen chambers, Namath perceived extraordinary improvement in his brain function. And ever since, he’s been telling the world — friends, teammates, reporters — about the benefits of his therapy. Last September he and Jupiter officials launched the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center.
Of course, football brought about multiple other injuries for Namath affecting his back and knees. He feels these were successfully treated and he started to mend and even rejuvenate. After his physical rejuvenation, Namath began to hear about athletes who couldn’t shake the mental effects of their playing days. It’s often said that NFL Nation wasn’t aware of the dangers of brain injury until recently, but that’s not true. Plenty of players, teams and league executives — and fans too — suspected for a long time that terrible things could happen to athletes who repeatedly got smashed in the head. In more careless times, however, football shrugged off concussions as a casual inevitability. Brain injury is so much more than that and so debilitating.
In Southfield, Michigan, Care First Rehabilitation is completing the renovation of its hyperbaric treatment center for persons with traumatic brain injury which will open to patients April 1, 2018. There is a special focus on those whose brain injuries were caused by catastrophic auto collisions. The firm also manages a residential treatment program in Troy, as a rehabilitative transitional program.
The beauty of this hyperbaric program is its potential to help those with brain injuries to regain independence faster. As a result, they could be less dependent upon long-term care programs long-term.
From an economic perspective this serves insurers well since it could likely create a significantly lower care expense associated with each injured party. A good example is the average hospital reimbursement of $1,500.00 per treatment for hyperbaric treatment. The reimbursement amount is $1,000.00 via Care First for those with a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury.
As the program grows in services to the catastrophically injured community, look for details at www.carefirst-rehab.com.
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