Dr. Paul Harch New York Times Article
Effective Concussion Treatment Remains Frustratingly Elusive, Despite a Booming Industry
New York Times, July 3, 2015
by Barry Meier and Danielle Ivory
The procedure, known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, uses a pressurized chamber to help scuba divers overcome the bends and to aid people sickened by toxic gases. But Dr. Paul G. Harch, who operates the clinic there on the outskirts of New Orleans, offers it as a concussion treatment.
One patient, Rashada Parks, said that she had struggled with neck pain, mood swings and concentration problems ever since she fell and hit her head more than three years ago. Narcotic painkillers hadn’t helped her, nor had antidepressants. But after 40 hour long treatments, or dives, in a hyperbaric chamber, her symptoms have subsided.
“I have hope now,” Ms. Parks said. “It’s amazing.”
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