After years of playing professional football, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath likely took a number of hard hits to his head. Namath is now 72 and noticed he was becoming more forgetful. He sought treatment using hyperbaric medicine, a device that controls the atmospheric pressure. Namath claims after 120 sessions his memory has improved.
Dr. Jeff Cooper is the director of Hyperbaric Medicine at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha and says, “It originally came from the diving community for treating “the bends” or Caisson Disease that divers get when the decompress. It was found to have some other affects so research has been going on for decades for what it can and can’t do. For our day-to-day routine things we are doing a lot of problem wounds and radiation injuries. That accounts for about 80% of what we do at Nebraska Medicine and I think probably similar numbers for most wound care centers.”
Dr. Cooper says Namath has a great story that he had these problems and they got better after 120 treatments. He says their treatment schedule is about 40 but sometimes will go up to 60.
Dr. Cooper understands that Namath is putting several million dollars into a research project. He says unfortunately the U-S Department of Defense has conducted studies using hyperbaric treatment on soldiers with traumatic brain injuries and all of these controlled studies have come back negative.