Thursday, December 26, 2013
FORT LEWIS – Joint Base Lewis-McChord is looking for volunteers among active duty military personnel and veterans for a study on persistent post-concussive symptoms after mild traumatic brain injury.
The study, to be conducted at Madigan Army Medical Center, will research the effectiveness of air pressure in treating symptoms.
Volunteers may qualify if they have suffered a concussion in the past five years and continue to have symptoms such as headaches, dizziness or memory problems.
Participants will be randomly assigned to breathe pressurized 100 percent oxygen (O2) or room air in a series of 40 hyperbaric chamber sessions.
Researchers will collect information before and after the sessions and use this information to see if there are changes in symptoms.
Previous studies suggest that a high pressure environment increases oxygen supplied to the body. The extra oxygen may improve cell function, promoting healing.
Volunteers will be required to complete 40 one-hour hyperbaric oxygen chamber sessions over a 12-week period. For more information on the study, contact a study coordinator at 1-877-445-3199.