Clinic Offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the Southeast

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Patients from throughout the Southeast United States have a new option for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) with a clinic in Jackson, Tenn. The Tennessee Hyperbaric Center at 15 Stonebridge offers the treatment for a variety of conditions, including closed head injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, autism, and Lyme disease.

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I saw the difficulty we had in finding this therapy for my brother. After spending several years planning how we could offer this treatment to those who need it, it is finally a reality.

Patients from throughout the Southeast United States have a new option for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) with a clinic in Jackson, Tenn. The Tennessee Hyperbaric Center at 15 Stonebridge offers the treatment for a variety of conditions, including closed head injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, autism, and Lyme disease.

The center’s staff is led by Medical Director Dr. Roy Schmidt, a board certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Schmidt has practiced anesthesia and pain management in the Jackson area since 1992. In association with the Pain Specialist Center, the Tennessee Hyperbaric Center offers treatments for off-label use that have shown promising results for multiple conditions. The center anticipates participation in a multi-center study on the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for two of these conditions — closed head injury and post-traumatic stress syndrome in veterans. (Information about the study can be found at http://www.NBIRR.org.)

Dr. Schmidt brought the treatment to Jackson because of an experience within his family; his brother had a brain stem stroke ten years ago. He explained, “I saw the difficulty we had in finding this therapy for my brother. After spending several years planning how we could offer this treatment to those who need it, it is finally a reality.”

Many hospitals, including Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, use hyperbaric oxygen therapy for wound care. The Tennessee Hyperbaric Center is offering the treatment for additional diseases and health issues that research suggests it may benefit. These conditions include: closed head injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, autism, Lyme disease, swelling (edema), joint-related issues, peripheral neuropathy syndromes, poor circulation, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoradionecrosis, crush injuries, brain edema, near drowning, acute hearing loss, radiation myelitis, certain liver disease, and recovery following cosmetic surgery.

Patients utilizing hyperbaric oxygen therapy enter a chamber where they breathe 100% oxygen under pressure. This process drives oxygen into cells, reviving them or helping them function. An additional effect of the increased oxygen is growth of new blood vessels and long-lasting therapeutic benefits.

The public is invited to a hyperbaric chamber demonstration on Sat., Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Tennessee Hyperbaric Center and Pain Specialist Center at 15 Stonebridge (at Vann Drive) in Jackson. The staff is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 9, also. A ribbon cutting will be held at the location from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 7. Information on Tennessee Hyperbaric Center is online at http://www.hyperbaricoxygentherapies.com. The staff can be reached at 888-885-HEAL (toll-free) or 731-660-2056.

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