The diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is usually given in an autopsy to those who have sustained multiple concussions during their lifetime. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is the disease that most likely played a role in the deaths of former NFL players, such as Dave Duerson, Ray Easterling, Shane Dronett, and Junior Seau. The autopsies have shown an abundance of the tau protein in the brain tissue. But now, researchers believe they can detect the microsopic tau protein while the players are still alive through a PET scan. Researchers inject the players with a radioactive marker that travels through the body, crosses the blood-brain barrier and latches on to tau protein. They believe this to be a remarkable breakthrough in the research of concussions. When the tau protein lodges into deep parts of the brain like the amygdala, which is associated with rage and other emotions, or the hippocampus, responsible for memory, it can cause major disruptions to those areas of the brain, which may be related to depression, memory problems and suicidal behavior common in cases of CTE. CTE does not only affect football players as it has also been found in athletes in other sports and members of the military. Athletes and service members are now using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat symptoms associated with Post Concussion Syndrome, such as noise and light sensitivity, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, irritability, insomnia, anxiety and loss of concentration and memory. The treatment has been shown to cut the recovery time and aid in the healing process.
Orlando Hyperbarics provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in a convenient and comfortable non-hospital facility. The center, located at 6200 Lee Vista Boulevard, Suite 250, Orlando, Florida 32822, is served by SR 436 and SR 528, easily accessed from Orlando International Airport, and located near Orlando’s Medical City in Lake Nona.