6 Trends in Healthcare in 2023

Healthcare is rapidly evolving, and it’s important to stay aware of these shifts to activate your role in driving better health outcomes for yourself and your loved ones. Patients have higher expectations and want to take more ownership of their health through the convenience of personalized, educational, and digital care. 

Alongside these growing expectations, here are six other trends in healthcare to help you know what you might expect this year

1. Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) 

The COVID-19 pandemic showed how critical technology could benefit patients and elevate care. One way to achieve this has come through remote patient monitoring (RPM).

In 2022, RPM tools (e.g., wearable devices, pulse oximeters, blood glucose meters, and heart monitors) had a value of $53.6 billion. The value of this market is projected to reach $175.2 billion by 2027. 

When 6 in ten people live with at least one chronic disease, the ability to manage a condition remotely is one key element in preventing or reducing hospitalizations. Another critical area to achieving this goal is education, bringing up our next point.

2. Health Literacy 

With more doctors remotely managing patients’ health, healthcare organizations are providing digital, personalized educational experiences. These experiences address each patient’s health literacy level in their preferred language and reading level.

More providers anticipate higher patient volume in the coming year, as 41% of individuals delayed or avoided medical care during the pandemic. When seeking treatment or care, you’ll likely receive additional educational materials at each touchpoint of your journey. Discuss literacy levels with your doctor throughout the process to ensure you feel confident and comfortable navigating your health needs.

3. Mindfulness Products 

Wellness has taken center stage since 2020, and mindfulness is one of the most in-demand aspects of this concept.

  • McKinsey reports mindfulness has gained mainstream acceptance among healthcare patients. Half of the survey respondents wished more mindfulness products and services were available.
  • Medical research points toward brain health benefits of mindfulness exercises such as meditation. 

You may see a rise in providers offering more holistic care. For example, healthcare organizations may consider partnering with mindfulness apps or providing products that offer you mental health benefits

4. Data Analytics 

Objective data is critical. It illustrates your progress and determines what steps you and your physician need to take to help you reach your health goals. 

More providers are tracking and sharing data that reports: 

  • Patient interaction with educational materials 
  • Gaps to address for better outcomes
  • Patient progress
  • Personalized treatment plans
  • Actionable steps taken by patients to manage their health (remotely or in-clinic)

Data transparency helps the provider and the patient understand how a condition is progressing and what options can elevate treatment.

5. Advanced Imaging 

The development of new technologies has brought on better ways to treat patients. Imaging and neuroscience stand as prime examples of medical trends to pay attention to this year. 

Advancements in radiography give medical professionals tools to perform in-depth assessments of the brain after a stroke. Advanced imaging may include: 

  • 3T MRI
  • SPECT scan
  • Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) 


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These imaging technologies help providers map out a personalized recovery plan and track recovery in post-treatment assessments. 

Comprehensive medical programs, such as the Aviv Medical Program, rely on advanced imaging and neuroscience tools like these to improve long-term results for patients.

6. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) 

Oxygen is the lifeblood of our health. As we age, body oxygen levels decrease, leading to the infamous age-related decline. While many believe these shifts are irreversible, research and clinical trials say otherwise. 

Studies indicate hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), along with other physical and cognitive therapies, can help in the following areas:

At Aviv Clinics, our medical program can include a research-backed HBOT protocol that uses fluctuating oxygen levels, helping to trigger the body’s self-regeneration capabilities.

“By treating vascular dysfunction, we’re mapping out the path toward Alzheimer’s prevention. More research is underway to further demonstrate how HBOT can improve cognitive function and become an influential tool in the imperative fight against the disease.” –Dr. Shai Efrati, Aviv Clinics.

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Learn More about the Science of HBOT

We encourage you to lean on Aviv Clinics to learn more about HBOT and other treatment options that can benefit your health.

Our diverse community of patients continues to achieve significant health milestones thanks to a multidisciplinary approach that may include: 

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Cognitive training
  • Physical training
  • Nutritional coaching

We take a unique approach centered on research, providing high-quality care that produces lasting outcomes. 

Health is Wealth: 9 Actionable Ways to Invest in Your Health

The daily choices we make and the activities we engage in all impact our quality of life. Here’s the reality—the average person spends nearly $170,000 on medical expenses in their lifetime. Costs tend to stack up, especially after the age of 65. 

While we might consider health problems and expenses the norm as we age, there are ways you can minimize them or even avoid them altogether. Why not start today? 

At Aviv, we believe making more conscious decisions today will give you the longevity you deserve. We’re here to get you started on the right foot. Consider these nine ways to start investing in your health today and accruing a healthy ROI immediately!

Note: Speak to your doctor before you pursue any lifestyle changes.

1. Consider the MIND Diet

Eating healthy has always been the mantra over the years, and for good reason—it’s the foundation of feeling good. While there are numerous diet trends out there, there is one truly worth your time and investment—the MIND diet. 

Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet is a blend of two highly effective diets: 

  • Mediterranean: Consists of a heart-healthy eating plan
  • DASH: Aims to address hypertension or high blood pressure 

Sticking to this diet that entails a variety of fruits and vegetables provides anti-inflammatory and cognitive benefits—it can strengthen brain cell structure and help regulate anxiety and mood.

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2. Engage in Intermittent Fasting

We know—fasting doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing. But consider intermittent fasting. Not only can you achieve a healthy body composition, but you can also improve your brain health—all without strict dietary restrictions.

Intermittent fasting is a dietary lifestyle that comprises alternating periods of eating and fasting and limiting the number of hours you consume calories during the day or week. 

This metabolic switching: 

3. Stay Educated on Fall Prevention Tactics

Falls in older adults are common. Conditions that become prevalent as we age (e.g.,  muscle weakness, osteoporosis, and balance and gait problems) make us more susceptible to falls. 

The key ingredient to prevention? Exercise. We’re talking about: 

  • Strength training
  • Cardio training 
  • Balance training 
  • Flexibility training 

Other fall prevention tactics are just as important. They are:

  • Keep your home clear of clutter and trip hazards such as cords, books, shoes, etc.).
  • Install grab bars in the bathroom and handrails in the hallways and stairways.
  • Avoid wearing clothing that drags on the ground.
  • Wear non-slip socks or shoes around the house.
  • Take a pause after standing up and before beginning to walk.

4. Find Helpful Ways to Cope with Stress

Stress is inevitable in life, and the body and mind are biologically equipped to handle it. But sometimes, when the stress gets overwhelming, it can negatively impact the brain

Chronic stress can: 

  • Kill brain cells 
  • Cause memory decline
  • Negatively impact mental health

Whether you are grieving or dealing with a major change in your life, it’s essential to find healthy coping mechanisms for stress:               

  • Make time for physical activity: At Aviv, we recommend 30 minutes of exercise three days a week at a minimum. Exercise benefits the brain by releasing endorphins, helping relieve pain, and improving mood. The key is to find an activity you enjoy—this will make exercise fun and feel less like a chore.
  • Be conscientious about screen time. Regarding technology and brain health, experts say it’s all about quality vs. quantity. When used wisely, technology offers worthy benefits. But using it improperly can cause more harm than good. Thus, stay aware and focus on balancing screen time with other activities.
  • Meditate. Not only is meditation a great activity to do instead of “doom scrolling” on your screen, but meditation may also slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and improve brain focus. Consider meditation apps like Headspace and Calm to get started. 

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5. Focus on Body Composition Instead of Weight

A low number on the bathroom scale doesn’t necessarily mean all is well. Indeed, society’s obsession with the scale can lead to problems like declining muscle mass—a condition that will do more harm than good later in life. 

So toss that unhealthy relationship with the bathroom scale. Instead, look at your overall body composition. 

For example, Aviv Clinics uses the seca scale to get a precise rundown of the meaning behind a person’s weight. This scale helps us develop an accurate and customized treatment plan—losing body fat, gaining muscle, or a combination of both. 

Speak to your doctor to gain a comprehensive assessment of your body composition so you can make appropriate, personalized goals.

6. Stick to a Consistent Sleep Schedule 

Since the sleep hormone melatonin naturally decreases with age, it’s vital to set up healthy sleeping habits. This entails turning off all electronics an hour before bedtime and getting in bed at the same time each night.

Doing so will promote natural circadian rhythms and maintain cognitive health.

7. Engage in Games

Investing in your health doesn’t have to be boring, it can include games!

That’s right, researchers report playing brain games can improve cognitive performanceIt’s a fun and active way to shake things up for your brain. 

Much like muscles build muscle fibers after exercising, the brain functions similarly—it promotes new neurons and neuronal connections after participating in games.

8. Listen to Music

When was the last time you truly listened to music? What kinds of images and memories did it elicit? 

Music offers far more advantages than helping you get through a grueling drive or setting the tone for a party. The best part is these benefits are backed by research. 

Studies illustrate music can:

  • Have a positive impact on those with memory loss conditions (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease, dementia)
  • Reduce anxiety, pain, and blood pressure
  • Improve sleep quality and mental alertness 

9. Find a Research-Backed HBOT Program

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a therapy that has a patient breathe 100% pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. 

Several studies illustrate the potential of HBOT, when administered in a specific protocol, in improving cognitive, physical, and psychological performance. In this protocol, oxygen levels are fluctuated during each hyperbaric session. This system increases oxygen levels in the body up to 20 times higher than normal and boosts your brain’s ability to heal itself. 

The unique medical program at Aviv consists of a treatment program that can include this same research-backed HBOT protocol along with cognitive training, dietary coaching, and physical performance training, in a physician-designed program tailored to each client’s needs.

This holistic approach gives each patient the personalized care they deserve for their unique health conditions. Our clients have optimized their athletic performance with HBOT and have found relief from debilitating medical conditions such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.

 

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Invest in Your Health at Aviv 

The Aviv Medical Program stands by a holistic treatment program that targets all areas discussed above. A series of independent clinical trials illustrate how our program helps treat the symptoms of different health conditions.

 

 

Delayed Concussion Symptoms: Why They Happen and What You Can Do

The CDC estimates that 1.5 million Americans survive a traumatic brain injury every year. However, not all concussion symptoms show up right away. Over 10% of people with a concussion develop symptoms later on—some studies estimate as many as one-quarter of concussions develop long-term symptoms. 

Whether you or your loved one suffered a fall, motor vehicle accident or a sports concussion, the brain injury that occurs can manifest itself long after the incident took place. 

Fortunately, recovery from delayed concussion symptoms is possible even years after a traumatic brain incident. Aviv Clinics is here to explain why concussion symptoms can be delayed and what you can do. 

Why Might Your Concussion Symptoms Be Delayed? 

In an ideal world, you would know exactly what’s happening inside yourself and why. But the reality is the body and mind are complex.

When someone undergoes a traumatic brain injury (TBI), this causes physical, metabolic, and chemical changes to the brain. Even if you feel okay and experience very mild effects, this can change later on. 

Here’s why. 

The brain has pathways—think of them as different routes you may take to work. Some roads have more traffic than others. Sometimes, you have to take the long way to get home. Brain pathways work the same way. 

Let’s say you get into a car accident that causes a head injury. Some brain pathways are damaged and can’t deliver the blood and oxygen supply the brain needs. Fortunately, other pathways and cells can take over to do the job. However, over time, the healthy brain pathways might overcompensate for the lack of operating pathways. Your brain grows tired of the extra effort and delayed concussion symptoms emerge. 

Symptoms may include cognitive, physical, and psychological effects such as: 

  • Headaches 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light/noise
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Mood swings 

How Does the Brain Recover from a Concussion?

The brain is a powerful organ with incredible self-healing mechanisms. Even if you underwent an accident years ago, there’s still hope for recovery decades later. The key is finding the right treatment program to give the brain a delicate push for unleashing that potential.  

Proper medical expertise and protocol can help: 

  • Encourage neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to adapt or react in response to injury or disease.
  • Drive neurogenesis or nerve cell regeneration that occurs in the brain.
  • Increase blood flow and oxygen in parts of the brain associated with executive function, vision, sensation, and more.

Most patients at Aviv Clinics see progress roughly 8-12 weeks after the start of their treatment plan. But the recovery period varies depending on the severity of your condition, health background, lifestyle, and other factors.

If You Suspect You Have Delayed Concussion Symptoms 

Rest assured that science is on your side. Data-backed treatment plans are available for concussions, no matter when they occur. They include the following: 

  • Physical therapy (PT): Aims to ease pain and improve mobility. Treatment may include customized exercises and range of motion stretching. Research notes that at 6.8 PT sessions, patients reported their physical symptoms improved. 
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Psychological treatment strives to change thinking and behavioral patterns. Studies illustrate CBT is a potentially effective rehab plan for anxiety and depression following a TBI.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT): Involves breathing 100% pure oxygen in a room known as an HBOT suite. This process increases oxygen levels in the body 10-15 times higher than normal and helps improve cognitive, physical, and psychological performance.

Read more about the common forms of post-concussion syndrome (PCS) treatment plans. 

 

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Aviv Clinics Unique Rehabilitation Plan

At Aviv Clinics in Florida, our team proudly offers a unique rehabilitation program backed by data and a holistic action plan. When partnering with our medical team, patients can expect a personalized plan that enhances their long-term health.

Research in the last two decades notes hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), in combination with cognitive, physiological, and nutritional training, can lead to significant neurological improvement after a concussion. The Aviv Medical Program is based on this research. 

“HBOT can be successful because it addresses the cause of the symptoms, not just the symptoms alone. In combination with cognitive, physical, and nutritional coaching, some HBOT protocols can be very effective.” —Dr. Mohammed Elamir, MD, FACP

A Personal Story of Healing through Aviv Clinics

The Aviv Medical team helps individuals of all ages and backgrounds win lasting health—the foundation of a good life. Our unique medical protocol has proven to give patients the vitality, health, and confidence they need to move forward.

Learn about 15-year-old Linden Perry’s journey below!

Invest in Your Health with the Aviv Medical Program

Good health allows you to focus on the essential and enjoyable areas of your life. The time to invest in your health is now, and the Aviv Medical Program will be with you every step of the way. 

Post-Concussion Syndrome Treatment That Works

So you had a concussion. Weeks pass, yet you’re still not feeling quite right. You might even feel your condition has worsened—headaches have become chronic, you feel more tired than usual, and you have difficulty following conversations with friends. The list goes on…

You’re not alone if you’re feeling lingering symptoms of your concussion, after all, it is a traumatic brain injury. While the brain is a marvelous organ and usually amazes us with its healing capabilities, there are times when our brains need a bit more time and treatment to fully heal. 

Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a common complication during concussion recovery. Most individuals with PCS can recover even years after their accident, but finding a comprehensive treatment plan can be challenging. We’re here to get you on the right path.

Learn what the right post-concussion syndrome treatment entails and how the Aviv Medical Program can help.

What Is Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a condition where concussion symptoms last longer than normal. PCS occurs from traumatic brain injury (TBI)—a blow or jolt to the head from accidents such as falls, car accidents, and sports injuries. Mild to severe cases of TBI can lead to PCS. 

Symptoms of PCS include a variety of physical, cognitive, emotional, and sleep indicators such as: 

  • Headaches that won’t go away
  • Feeling more exhausted than usual
  • Having trouble concentrating and remembering
  • Having difficulty falling or staying asleep

How Do You Diagnose Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome symptoms and severity can vary daily, making the experience quite confusing. If you feel anything is off, we recommend reaching out to a physician at Aviv Clinics

To diagnose PCS, your doctor will carry out a series of exams that may entail: 

  • Discussing your health and concussion history
  • Conducting a physical examination 
  • Advanced MRI that maps out specific parts of your brain 
  • SPECT scan that points out negatively affected brain areas
  • Neurocognitive testing that examines your motor, verbal communication, and memory skills
  • Neurological exams that may involve using lights and reflex hammers to assess your nervous system

How Is Post-Concussion Syndrome Treated? 

We understand obtaining a PCS diagnosis can be stressful. Rest assured, there are treatment options available. These options may be combined to maximize your recovery. 

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT is a psychological treatment that aims to change your thinking and behavioral patterns. 
  • Studies report PCS patients (who have had mild/moderate TBI) experience improvements from their CBT program.
  • Additional studies show a combination of CBT and SSRIs has the potential to improve symptoms in PCS patients.
  • Cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT): CRT encompasses a group of therapies that strive to restore cognitive (attention, memory, speech, etc.) balance after a brain injury. CRT includes therapies such as neurofeedback and attention processing training (APT).
  • Research indicates CRT can teach patients long-term skills that help restore their cognitive abilities. 
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT): HBOT is a therapy process that increases oxygen levels in the body. Patients breathe in 100% pure oxygen via a mask in a suite. The air in the suite is pressurized 10–15 times higher than normal oxygen levels.
  • Clinical studies illustrate that HBOT may encourage the brain to change and adapt in a way that improves PCS even years after sustaining the TBI. 
  • Other research reports patients suffering from PCS symptoms showed better thinking/cognitive performance after HBOT. 

According to Dr. Mohammed Elamir, MD, FACP: “HBOT can be successful because it addresses the cause of the symptoms, not just the symptoms alone. In combination with cognitive, physical, and nutritional coaching, some HBOT protocols can be very effective.”

The Aviv Medical Program for PCS

Many people go to one or more doctors before getting their diagnosis. Due to the complexity of treating PCS, far too many patients receive minimally effective treatments. The results? Short-term results that don’t provide what you actually need.

With the Aviv Medical Program, we assure you that our team of diverse medical professionals (cognitive, physical, and nutritional specialties) will carry out advanced testing to identify exactly what is going on and craft a customized, long-term treatment plan.  

  • Our program entails a group of certified medical professionals focused on your recovery. They will track data on your health and offer individualized solutions to elevate your quality of life. 
  • Treatment may include a combination of cognitive and physical training, dietary coaching, and HBOT protocols. HBOT yields multiple positive shifts in the brain, such as new blood vessel formation and stem cell production. 

Case Studies

Here are two PCS patients who have leveraged Aviv’s comprehensive treatment program. Both received access to our multidisciplinary team of healthcare specialists and in-depth assessments: 

  • Linden Perry: At just 15 years old, Linden suffered concussions from playing basketball and soccer. Her lingering PCS symptoms left her having balance issues, nausea, headaches, and blurred vision. Upon her customized treatment plan at Aviv, Linden got back to where she was academically and athletically.
  • Clarissa Rainey: This horseback riding champion experienced a concussion in a car accident. Clarissa experienced memory issues, which made her job challenging and frustrating. After her state-of-the-art treatment at Aviv, she reports that she is much more focused, has clearer thinking, and sleeps better. Not to mention, she is still riding horses and engaging in daily activities to the best of her ability.

How Long Can You Leave Post-Concussion Syndrome Untreated? 

The longer you wait to heal PCS, the more likely your symptoms will become permanent. Dr. Mohammed Elamir, MD, FACP, further explains: “Damaged or injured tissues due to PCS carries a limited window for full recovery.”

Thus, the time to take action is now. If you have undergone an accident and have not been feeling the same, trust your instinct—take back control of your health by seeking PCS treatment. 

Learn More about the Aviv Medical Program

It’s easy to feel alone when living through PCS. Hope is here at Aviv Clinics. 

Backed by over a decade of research, the Aviv Medical Program will be with you every step of the way during your PCS recovery journey. We’ll introduce you to our team of medical professionals who will ensure your recovery is around for the long haul. 

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for TBI Can Help Ease Psychological Changes After a Brain Injury

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Post-Concussion Syndrome: New Approaches to Treatment

Every year, 1.5 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can include mild TBIs or concussions

A TBI can trigger various changes beyond the physical effects. Several “invisible” or emotional symptoms often lie beneath the surface, causing significant struggles among those suffering from TBIs. 

These psychological impacts are harder to pinpoint. Thoughts, feelings, and emotions are complex, intangible processes. There isn’t necessarily one remedy that will resolve long-lasting psychological effects.

If you have sustained a TBI and have been experiencing behavioral and emotional shifts like depression, anxiety, or irritability, you are not alone. The good news is that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can provide genuine results when used with other treatments. And the Aviv Medical Program carries the data to prove it. 

Keep reading for all the key details on using hyperbaric oxygen therapy for TBI and how it can help ease psychological changes after a brain injury. 

What Happens to the Brain When You Have a TBI? 

Psychological changes can occur when the brain’s frontal lobe sustains damage, whether caused by a sports injury, a fall, or an accident. This region of the brain manages emotions and personality traits. After a TBI, an individual might begin acting differently, have uncharacteristic emotional outbursts, and other side effects.

Since blows to the head often cause more severe TBIs, another side effect may be amnesia, which can spare the patient the traumatic memories of the incident.

6 Common Psychological Effects Associated with a TBI

Often, patients and their loved ones don’t realize their behavioral and emotional shifts are the result of a brain injury. Symptoms can materialize days or weeks after the original trauma. Blows to the head may also cause amnesia of the event, which can also make it difficult to connect a head injury with psychological effects.

A lack of understanding makes navigating psychological changes even more difficult. However, there are six common signs you can watch for.

1. Anxiety

Anxiety is common in those with moderate-to-severe TBI. It manifests differently for everyone, but most people experience worry and fear. 

Anxiety can also show in physical ways, causing symptoms like:

  • A racing heart 
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Shaking 

Certain events/activities might also trigger anxiety, including:  

  • Large social situations (e.g., being in a crowd)
  • Sudden or unexpected changes in plans
  • Feeling rushed
  • Situations that merit fast thinking or a lot of attention

2. Depression

Depression involves feelings of sadness, grief, and worthlessness. These emotions might make you: 

  • Feel tired or frustrated more than usual.
  • Experience changes in sleep and eating patterns.
  • Withdraw from friends and family.
  • Feel less joy from favorite activities.
  • Show aggressive behavior (67% of first-time TBI patients sought treatment within three months for aggression).  

3. Mood Shifts

Emotions can be difficult to manage after a TBI. Depending on the impact, TBIs can change how you feel or express emotions. For example:

  • You might be full of excitement or joy one moment, followed by feelings of devastation or sadness the next. 
  • You might have unpredictable moments of laughing or crying—emotional expressions that have nothing to do with what you’re feeling or what’s happening around you.
  • You might exhibit childlike or aggressive behaviors after a brain injury, potentially having emotional outbursts or feelings of impulsiveness.

4. Paranoia

The average onset of paranoia occurs four to five years after a TBI. Paranoia causes people to become unusually defensive, often believing they’re under threat when little to no evidence of an actual threat exists.

Other signs of paranoia include: 

  • Trouble admitting faults
  • Detachment or social isolation
  • Doubting the loyalty of others
  • Holding grudges

5. Personality Disorders

Some people may develop personality disorders after TBIs. A personality disorder is a mental health condition involving disruptive thinking and behavior patterns. 

Someone with a brain injury and narcissistic personality disorder may have an inflated sense of self-importance and an excessive need for admiration. Roughly one in 10 patients with TBI show symptoms of a personality disorder.

6. Executive Dysfunction 

Executive dysfunction is a behavioral symptom that makes it challenging to manage thoughts, emotions, and actions. Symptoms might include: 

  • Having trouble paying attention 
  • An inability to prioritize tasks 
  • An inability to plan for and remember future events (i.e., always being late to events/activities)
  • Having difficulty analyzing and/or processing information
  • Exhibiting poor judgment
  • Struggling to make decisions

These symptoms can cause frustration, adding to the mental health challenges outlined above. 

7. PTSD and ADHD

Overlap between TBI and the effects of PTSD and ADHD exists, with studies showing that: 

Developing PTSD from an accident can complicate the TBI recovery process. The injury may inhibit their ability to experience emotional closure after the traumatic event.

Could I Have a TBI and Not Know It?

Yes, it’s possible to have a TBI and not know it. Brain injuries are more common than people realize, and some cases of TBI are never accurately diagnosed. Some of the reasons behind missed diagnoses include: 

  • Mild, random, or generic symptoms that don’t accurately manifest the severity of the injury
  • Remaining conscious after an injury, resulting in the patient feeling like the injury wasn’t severe enough to seek medical treatment

These points cause many to dismiss the notion of getting a CT scan or MRI, which is the first and most vital step in detecting structural damage to the brain. More advanced assessment tools, such as functional MRIs or SPECT scans, can also detect: 

  • Metabolic damage in the brain tissue
  • Brain cells that don’t function properly

Elevate the Quality of Your Life with TBI Rehabilitation 

Your TBI and its effects do not have to be permanent fixtures in your everyday life. TBI rehabilitation programs have proven effective, offering relief for those who have struggled with the impact of this type of injury.

An effective TBI rehab plan often involves hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in combination with cognitive, nutritional, and physiological protocols. Research illustrates these collective methods work well in repairing areas of the brain after a traumatic brain injury or concussion. 

Aviv Clinics’ HBOT protocol involves an oxygen suite where multiple patients can sit in comfort and breathe 100% pure oxygen through a mask. Medical staff members adjust the oxygen fluctuation levels to trigger the self-regenerative mechanisms of the brain and body. 

The Aviv Medical Program, which can include this unique protocol, can yield multiple changes in the brain, including:

  • Blood vessel formation (angiogenesis)
  • New and stronger neural connections (shows promise in healing anoxic brain damage)
  • Stem cell proliferation

TBI Survivor Stories

Studies illustrate TBIs are detectable and treatable even years after they occur. With Aviv’s personalized therapy programs that can include effective HBOT protocols, patients have experienced structural brain improvements that enhance their psychological health and overall quality of life.

These TBI survivor stories speak for themselves: 

  • Clarissa Rainey – Avid horseback rider and champion Clarissa had memory issues after a car accident. Learn how Aviv helped her get back to optimal health and back in the saddle.

  • Linden Perry – Having undergone multiple sports concussions, 15-year-old Linden turned to Aviv to regain her health and performance. Find out how her customized treatment plan gave her more confidence to thrive academically and athletically again.

Our Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Program Offers Hope

If you or your loved one has experienced psychological changes from a TBI, reach out to a TBI rehab clinic. Aviv Clinics has a diverse medical team to help individuals enhance and nurture their brains and bodies. The results? Fewer limitations and a happy and healthy life. Contact our team today.

The 5 Stages of Stroke Recovery

The brain is a powerful yet delicate organ we often take for granted. Every thought, movement, and feeling we experience is thanks to the brain. So when these significant capabilities are suddenly stripped away by a stroke, the emotional and physical turmoil runs deep. 

Each year, over 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke. And up to 50% of stroke survivors suffer motor dysfunction or brain impairment, which may include memory loss and challenges in focusing and processing information. 

If these experiences emulate what you have been going through, the Aviv Clinics team is here to offer research-backed guidance on your road to recovery. Health is the most crucial element in your life. The time to commit to it is now. 

Below you’ll find information on the impact a stroke has on your body and the five stages of stroke recovery. The intention? Ensuring you find a customized medical program to help you get back to optimal health. 

What Happens to the Brain During a Stroke?

When a stroke occurs, blood cannot get to parts of the brain, meaning oxygen and nutrients cannot adequately nourish brain cells. 

Thus, two things can happen: 

  1. Arteries become blocked (an ischemic stroke). 
  2. Arteries break/rupture (a hemorrhagic stroke).

In either case, a stroke damages areas of the brain. These impacts can manifest in cognitive, physical, and even emotional symptoms. 

How the Brain Recovers from a Stroke – The 5 Stages:

Studies illustrate the brain can reorganize and adapt in response to injury. But this process isn’t as clear-cut as you’d hope. 

The reality is each person carries unique symptoms and medical histories. So finding a clinic that can offer a customized post-stroke recovery plan is key. The right treatment plan will include one or a combination of these post-stroke rehab therapies.

The good news? The Aviv Medical Program provides a post-stroke recovery treatment program that can combine cognitive, physical, dietary, and HBOT training.

 

 

The five support stages to post-stroke recovery. Each stage represents a milestone that gets you closer to gaining back your previous capabilities. 

1. Thinking, Memory, and Perception Training

Thinking, memory, and perception are vital in day-to-day communication and activities. Not to mention, they are what makes each of us creative and unique. So when up to half of stroke survivors experience cognitive impairments, addressing them is critical. 

This is where a neuropsychologist can step in. Neuropsychologists assess the connection between someone’s brain and their potential to participate in daily activities. 

Neuropsychologists typically begin with an assessment that measures memory, learning, and processing speed. They then use this data to craft a rehabilitation plan.

2. Communication and Language Training

Human connection plays a vital role in happiness and good health. It’s what helps us build empathy and relationships. So when this is taken away via aphasia—a disorder that affects your ability to understand or express speech—communicating and connecting with loved ones becomes challenging. 

Stroke patients with aphasia are often referred to speech-language pathologists (SLPs). SLPs help individuals relearn communication and language techniques such as: 

  • Controlling mouth/throat muscles 
  • Engaging in cognitive language exercises  
  • Pronouncing specific words
  • Formulating sentences or expressing information

Studies illustrate early speech intervention often leads to improved communication skills within a 12- and 26-week timeframe

3. Exercise and Mobility Training

Those undergoing physical challenges may work with a physical therapist (PT) who helps them relearn and regain physical activities. 

Exercise and mobility training with a PT may include: 

  • Movement exercises such as walking, sitting, standing, lying down, and switching from one type of movement to another
  • Balance and breathing techniques

These help patients reacquire motor skills and return to their daily routines. Studies show consistent PT minimizes the risk of hospital readmission among post-stroke patients. 

4. Nutritional Training

Nutritional training can be beneficial in post-stroke recovery for the following reasons: 

  • Some patients are unable to swallow well after a stroke. Their appetite might also diminish. These conditions can impact patients’ weight and nutritional intake. 
  • Patients may have physical issues (for example, being unable to control their arms and/or hands) that make eating and drinking difficult.

Dieticians can address those concerns and provide recommendations based on your needs to: 

  • Improve your health
  • Minimize the risk of having another stroke

5. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Decades of research prove the benefits of using HBOT in post-stroke recovery. HBOT is a therapy process where patients are prescribed time in an oxygen chamber, breathing in 100% oxygen.

HBOT boosts oxygen in the body and promotes brain cell rehabilitation, which can result in:

  • Regained speech
  • Recovered ability to read and/or write
  • Restored motor function
  • Return to independence in performing daily activities

Stroke Recovery Story: Keren Trabelsi

A holistic treatment plan that addresses the mind and body is key to successful recovery. It offers a more effective and long-term recovery plan. Former Aviv Clinics patient Keren Trabelsi is a true testament to this. 

Keren underwent an ischemic stroke, causing paralysis on the left side of her body. Also, cognitive issues made daily tasks difficult, which did not make her feel as capable as she had been before. 

Fortunately, Keren found the Aviv Medical Program. Aviv provided a personalized treatment plan that encompassed many of the phases discussed above. 

Thirteen months later, she can walk comfortably, type with her left hand again, and engage in cognitive activities (i.e., crossword puzzles, Sudoku, etc.).

“[The Aviv Medical Program is] like driving a Ferrari on the road to recovery versus driving like an old beaten-up car….”

Watch her post-stroke recovery story. 

Post-Stroke Recovery: 4 Tips to Keep in Mind

To ensure the most successful post-stroke recovery, stay mindful of the following: 

1. Several Factors Influence Recovery  

What recovery looks like and how long it takes is different for everyone due to reasons such as:

  • Where in the brain the stroke happened
  • How much of the brain was affected
  • The survivor’s will and motivation to get better
  • The level of caregiver support
  • The quantity and quality of the recovery program

2. Repetitive Practice Is Key

“Carefully directed, well-focused, repetitive practice” is key to any neurorehabilitation program. It’s the same concept as if you were to learn a new skill like a musical instrument. Repetitive practice effectively retrains your brain. 

3. Recurrent Stroke Prevention Should be Approached with Vigilance 

Patients and healthcare professionals should be especially vigilant in preventing another stroke—roughly one in four stroke patients have had a stroke in the past.

Stroke prevention requires: 

  • Starting treatment right away
  • Keeping the following conditions under control, as they can put you at higher risk for another stroke: 
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart disease
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes

4. Measuring Progress Matters

The type of therapy and frequency are important factors to consider during recovery. Working with a medical staff that captures and tracks data is critical to your success. 

For example, the Aviv Medical Program tracks analytics to provide a detailed report of your health and progress. 

The information gathered from a variety of scientifically-advanced analytical tools (including an in-depth high resolution MRI of your brain stroke) allows our clinical team to make customized adjustments and give you precisely what you need to elevate the quality of your life. 

Post-Stroke Recovery: 2 Key Signs of Healing

If you find your post-stroke recovery journey is slightly different, don’t stress about it. Everyone is different; thus, timelines and progress will vary. Regardless, there are two signs of recovery you can expect:

  • There is improvement within three months and beyond: Although everyone recovers at a different pace, the first three months are generally when patients see and feel the most improvement. That’s why it’s more effective to begin a stroke recovery program quickly.  
  • Independence is improving: After a stroke, you may depend on others to help you carry out daily tasks such as getting dressed, bathing, or eating. With the right post-stroke treatment plan, you’ll start to rely less on others and perform those tasks independently again. 

Seek Stroke Treatment in Florida

Our team proudly assists a variety of clients, crafting an individualized plan for each patient.

If you or your loved one has undergone a stroke, contact Aviv Clinics. We’ll put you in touch with our medical team, who conducts the best stroke rehab center in Florida.

 

 

A Post-Concussion Syndrome Test: Does It Exist and What Can You Do?

If you have been relentlessly searching on Google for answers regarding possible post-concussion signs you’re experiencing, we see and hear you. It can be incredibly challenging to not understand exactly what is going on in your body and mind. Engaging in daily activities with post-concussion syndrome (PCS) symptoms can be especially taxing. Work, school, and relationships can all suffer as a result of untreated PCS.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive post-concussion syndrome test that diagnoses you for PCS. But while there is no simple test, PCS can still be diagnosed by a medical professional. Diagnosis is based on a history of head injuries and reported symptoms, as well as a thorough assessment of brain health and function. 

Even without an easy PCS test, you can rest assured that the Aviv Clinics’ medical team has answers for you. We are here to set the record straight on the signs of PCS, your treatment options, the type of care you should receive, and how the Aviv Medical Program can help.

 

 

Let’s First Define What Post-Concussion Syndrome Is

Post-concussion syndrome, also known as PCS, is a condition where concussion symptoms continue beyond the normal recovery period. 

According to Dr. Mohammed Elamir, MD, FACP, the symptoms of PCS entail “changes in cognition, whether physical and/or emotional, or sleep as a result of a concussion lasting more than three months.”

PCS occurs after you’ve endured a traumatic brain injury (TBI) even a very mild TBI, also known as a concussion. TBIs can be caused by  accidents such as falls, vehicle crashes, and sporting injuries. 

It is possible to have a traumatic brain injury and not know it. There are over 2.8 million people who sustain a TBI each year in the United States. When a TBI isn’t treated properly or the recovery isn’t complete, post concussion syndrome can manifest itself.

Although there isn’t a quick test for PCS, there is ample research and understanding of this condition to help explain the signs and symptoms. A clinical evaluation is warranted for symptoms that linger past the typical timeframe for recovery.

The Signs of PCS You Can Look For

Luckily, there are specific signs to look out for to help you safeguard your health. PCS symptoms encompass four key areas:

  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Psychological and emotional
  • Sleep

Each of these symptom categories are explained in great detail in this article — as you read it,  make notes of the symptoms you are experiencing in these four areas. No one enjoys life when dealing with dizziness, balance and vision issues, or challenges with memory or processing information. It’s frustrating to feel more irritable than usual, or feel depressed or anxious after a concussion. An injury to your brain can easily impact your sleep, which prevents your brain from getting the rest it needs to heal at night.

Without a Test, How Is Post-Concussion Syndrome Diagnosed?

While there isn’t one specific test you can take for a PCS diagnosis, and you certainly can’t get a conclusive diagnosis from online information, there are a variety of assessments that physicians can use to determine if you’re dealing with chronic post concussion symptoms. 

The goal of using a variety of evaluations is to ensure your mind and body are being thoroughly evaluated and to rule out any other cause for your symptoms. In addition to reviewing your injury history and monitoring your symptoms, your doctor may perform a combination of any of the following exams to determine if you have PCS: 

  • Advanced neurological medical exam: This neurological exam entails evaluations of your nervous system. Physicians may use tools such as lights and reflex hammers. 
  • Neurocognitive testing: Neurocognitive testing examines brain function using memory, verbal communication, and motor tests. 
  • Advanced MRI with DTI sequence: This advanced version of an MRI maps out specific parts of the brain. 
  • SPECT scan: This scan identifies parts of the brain that have been negatively affected. 

What Are the Post-Concussion Syndrome Treatment Options? 

Once you’ve been thoroughly evaluated by a physician, you’ll be presented with a variety of treatment options for your symptoms. Some facilities depend primarily on cognitive behavioral therapies, which have shown strong results for improving sleep for those suffering from PCS. Others may focus on vestibular therapies for improved balance, psychological interventions for symptoms like depression or anxiety, or neuro-optical therapy for blurred or double vision. 

However, in most cases, these treatments only address the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, and not the underlying cause. 

Take time to learn more about your treatment options for post concussion syndrome. This article walks through more research and treatment protocols you should learn about if you’ve experienced any type of brain trauma.

The Aviv Medical Program for PCS

If you’re looking for PCS relief, the Aviv Medical Program can be your answer. Our multidisciplinary program is designed to address both the symptoms and the cause of your PCS by healing your damaged brain tissue. What makes our program unique is that it is equipped with a diverse team of medical staff under one roof to give you the holistic care and attention you deserve: 

  • The Aviv Medical Program can include a combination of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), cognitive and physical training, and dietary coaching. In numerous clinical trials, HBOT has been shown to improve the flow of both blood and oxygen to damaged brain tissue, encouraging the healing process.
  • Our patients have reported improved cognition (attention, memory, focus, balance, etc.) upon participating in our program. In fact, 96% of Aviv’s clients have experienced clinically verifiable improvements in cognitive function after completing the program.
  • Our customized program is backed by over a decade of research in both adults and children. Explore more data from The Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research.  

Here’s what you can expect from the Aviv Medical Program: 

  • Medical analysis: A three-day medical, physiological, and cognitive assessment conducted by Aviv’s medical staff (physicians, neuropsychologists, physiotherapists, physiologists, and nurses). This includes advanced brain imaging, cellular analysis, neurocognitive testing and more.
  • Personalized treatment plan: Individualized plans may include HBOT, brain and physical training, and dietary coaching to build the best possible foundation for recovery.
  • Post-treatment assessment: After completion of the program, the initial tests are repeated to measure progress and make future recommendations for ongoing recovery.

Learn More About the Aviv Medical Program

If you believe you or your loved one has post-concussion syndrome, contact our clinic to see how we can help you. Our team of certified medical professionals has helped a variety of individuals with unique health backgrounds get back to optimal health. We look forward to doing the same for you.

Unique Medical Program Offers Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is sudden damage to the brain caused by a blow or jolt to the head. This impact can disrupt or restrict blood flow to certain regions of the brain, affecting its ability to function properly. 

When it comes to TBIs and concussions, adolescents are a high-risk group. 2020 CDC data reveals that 12.2% of U.S. children aged 12 to 17 reported experiencing concussion or brain injury symptoms at some point in their life.

The most common causes of TBI and concussions in teens include: 

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Recreation activities (bike riding)
  • Sports (football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, wrestling, and even cheerleading)

Teens suffering from TBIs or concussions can experience moderate to severe symptoms that may involve physical, cognitive, and behavioral issues. New approaches to treatment offer a pathway to improve brain and physical performance in teens suffering brain injuries to get them back to feeling like themselves again. 

The Aviv Medical Program offers pediatric traumatic brain injury rehabilitation that takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating post-concussion syndrome and  TBI. Backed by over a decade of research, Aviv Clinics’ unique medical program combines cognitive and physical training, dietary coaching, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat the body and brain after a TBI. 

 

 

A Case in Point: 15-Year-Old Linden Perry

The Aviv Medical Program took one teen from concussion to competition.

Linden Perry was a 15-year-old honors student and star athlete when hit her head on the goalpost during soccer practice

Troubling symptomsincluding sensitivity to light and sound, loss of balance, double vision, and eye seizuresappeared immediately. The symptoms continued weeks after the injury, and Linden was eventually diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome (PCS). She had trouble concentrating in school. She was missing classes and assignments. Her grades began slipping, and she could no longer play sports. 

Doctor after doctor told Linden there was nothing they could do. 

The Aviv Medical Program: The Journey to Recovery

Linden’s mother Carissa learned about Aviv Clinics and turned to the Aviv Medical Program.  

The treatment plan for Linden included sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). While inside the hyperbaric suite (which looks like an upscale airline lounge), she completed brain exercises that focused on working memory, reaction time, attention, and informationprocessing speed. 

Throughout the three-month program, Linden also worked with Aviv’s nutritional coach, physical therapists and physiologists, and neuropsychologists. This comprehensive, team-oriented approach ensured Linden achieved optimal cognitive and physical performance. 

A final assessment of Linden at the end of the program revealed improvement in cognitive ability, strength, agility, balance, confidence, and energy. Undergoing the innovative treatment at Aviv Clinics helped Linden overcome post-concussion syndrome and feel like her old self again.

 

What Should Parents Know and Expect After a TBI?

After a TBI incident or concussion, your teen may feel confused or scared. Provide support by offering reassurance and taking them to a physician right away. 

Your child should also pause any sports activities they are involved in. Receiving a diagnosis quickly can help your loved one avoid further risks to their health and the healing process. 

During the treatment journey, keep these four tips in mind to ensure your teen receives the comprehensive care they need and deserve. 

1. Symptoms Vary Depending on the Person and Severity of TBI or concussion

While symptoms of TBI in children vary in scope and severity, they can all adversely impact many areas of a teen’s life. 

Parents should be on the lookout for physical, cognitive, and behavioral/emotional symptoms and sleep issues if they suspect their teen might have a TBI.

Physical symptoms of a TBI include:

  • Headaches
  • Visual problems
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Hearing difficulty
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Chronic pain

Cognitive TBI symptoms include:

  • Attention and memory problems
  • Poor concentration
  • Delayed processing speed
  • Difficulty finding words
  • Impaired judgment
  • Confusion 
  • Perseveration (the continual involuntary repetition of a thought or behavior)

Behavioral/emotional symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Impulsivity
  • Aggression
  • Decline in social skills

Sleep issues include:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep 
  • Fatigue and/or loss of energy

2. TBI and Concussions Can Be Undiagnosed

A new study found that one in four children with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) still suffered from post-concussive symptoms years after the injury. The study concluded that in the vast majority of children suffering from persistent symptoms, the diagnosis is missed. 

Researchers also concluded that better screening guidelines and practices should be employed after suffering mTBI. They added, “Once diagnosed, patients can be referred to appropriate medical, academic, and emotional consultations and interventions.”

3. Clinical Research Demonstrates the Effectiveness of HBOT in TBI Patients

A significant body of research over the last 10 years demonstrates the effectiveness of HBOT in improving symptoms associated with TBI.

Studies indicate that traumatic brain injury responds well to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, supporting the use of HBOT for improving neurological conditions in patients with mild TBIs, even many years after the initial injury.   

  • A study that examined the role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in severe pediatric head injury found that study participants who received HBOT performed significantly better than control group participants who did not receive HBOT “on all the parameters with decreased hospital stay, better [Glasgow Coma Scale] (GCS), and drastic reduction in disability.”

 Researchers concluded that “in children with traumatic brain injury, the addition of HBOT significantly improved outcome and quality of life and reduced the risk of complications.” 

  • Another study tested the effectiveness of HBOT in improving brain function and quality of life in 56 patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome one to five years after injury. Patients were randomly assigned to either a treated or crossover group. Patients in the treated group received 40 HBOT sessions; patients in the crossover group received no HBOT for a two-month control period.

Researchers found that the HBOT group significantly improved in all cognitive measures, including information processing speed, attention, memory, and executive functions. 

The study’s authors concluded that “HBOT can induce neuroplasticity and significant brain function improvements in mild TBI patients with prolonged Post-Concussion-Syndrome at late chronic stage, years after brain injury.” 

 

 

4. Aviv Clinics Can Help

Backed by science, Aviv’s innovative TBI treatment protocol integrates a specialized HBOT protocol with a multidisciplinary program of cognitive training, physiotherapy, and nutrition coaching to put TBI patients and those who suffer from post-concussion syndrome on the road to recovery and healing. 

The HBOT component of the treatment involves breathing 100% pure oxygen in a special room known as a hyperbaric suite. In the suite, patients experience Aviv’s unique HBOT protocol, which combines two processes: 

  • Increasing the oxygen level in the tissues of the body and brain 
  • Fluctuating the level of oxygen to stimulate the body’s natural processes of rejuvenation

Benefits of the Aviv Medical Program include: 

  • Improved cognitive performance: 
    • Attention
    • Memory
    • Focus
    • Clarity
    • Information processing
  • Improved motor functioning:
    • Coordination
    • Balance
    • Gait

These benefits can be gained even years after the TBI.

If your teen has suffered traumatic brain injury or concussion, we may be able to help.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Unique Therapeutic Approach Helps Improve TBI Mental Health

Many people know concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result in physical and cognitive impairments. However, there is less awareness of the TBI mental health issues that can also result. 

Falls, motor vehicle accidents, contact sports, and recreational accidents are just a few of the causes of the estimated 1.5 million TBIs in the U.S. each year. Dubbed a “silent epidemic,” people of all ages are at risk for TBIs, which can affect how the brain works. Even mild TBIs (what we consider a concussion) can lead to short- and long-term health problems, including symptoms related to mental health. 

Fortunately, innovative and holistic therapeutic medical programs that use hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) show promise in alleviating behavioral and emotional symptoms. A large body of research shows the effectiveness of HBOT in improving brain function and quality of life in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussion, patients suffering from chronic neurocognitive impairments. 

 

 

How Does TBI Affect Mental Health?

According to the CDC, mental health is essential to overall health and well-being and includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.

The CDC says that mental health:

  • Affects how people think, feel, and act.
  • Helps determine how people handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. 
  • Is “important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.”

A TBI or concussion can impact areas of the brain that regulate behavior and emotion (i.e., the frontal lobes). People suffering from a TBI can experience behavioral and emotional challenges. 

If these TBI mental health issues are not addressed promptly, they may exacerbate over time. For example, someone having trouble remembering or following conversations may become frustrated and depressed. When a TBI or post-concussion syndrome strips away these small capabilities we take for granted, it can take a toll on our mental health. 

Behavioral and emotional symptoms that can emerge after a TBI include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Brain fog

What the Research Says

Research points to a connection between brain injury and mental health disorders:

  • A National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study published in JAMA Psychiatry revealed just how common mental health disorders are following a mild head injury. Approximately one in five individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after a mild TBI.
  • Children are also susceptible to TBI mental health challenges after a concussion or TBI. One study found that young people with pediatric acquired brain injury (pABI) are twice as likely to develop a mood disorder as their peers and, as adults, are twice as likely to use adult mental health services.
  • Another study found that people who have sustained an mTBI are three times more likely to experience depression than those without a history of mTBI. Researchers noted that this risk remains decades beyond the mTBI event.

Why Choose Aviv for TBI Rehabilitation?

You’ll find the world’s most innovative treatment program for improving the cognitive, physical, and emotional and behavioral symptoms of TBI at Aviv Clinics.

At Aviv, concussion and TBI survivors will benefit from: 

  • A comprehensive medical treatment program 
  • A team approach to care
  • Innovative treatment protocols backed by science
  • Cutting-edge technology

A Comprehensive Medical Treatment Program

Aviv Clinics takes a unique, holistic mind/body approach to post-concussion syndrome and TBI rehabilitation with a multidisciplinary medical care program. Our program entails three parts: 

  1. Assessment: When clients come to Aviv, we first conduct an in-depth evaluation of their physical, neurological, and cognitive condition to ensure they qualify for the Aviv Medical Program.
  2. Treatment: For those who are a fit, the next step is for our team of licensed clinicians to prepare a personalized treatment plan. The program includes a robust HBOT treatment schedule combined with personal cognitive training, physiotherapy, and nutritional coaching.
  3. Analysis: Once the program is over, we perform a comprehensive post-treatment evaluation to measure improvements and make recommendations empirically for ongoing progress.

A Team Approach to Care

Our team of physicians, clinical program managers, physiotherapists, nurses, clinical psychologists, and dieticians collaborate to provide the care patients need for the best health outcomes. 

This coordinated patient-centered approach helps ensure the quality, safety, and reliability of care. Perhaps most important, 96% of our clients experience clinically verifiable improvements in brain function after the Aviv Medical Program.

Innovative Treatment Protocols Backed by Science

The innovative Aviv Medical Program is based on dozens of high-quality clinical studies over the last decade.

These studies provide fully documented evidence of the effective use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help people suffering from traumatic brain injuries, regardless of the severity of their condition. 

Research suggests HBOT: 

  • Improves neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to adapt in response to an injury or disease
  • Activates neurogenesis, the regeneration of nerve cells in the brain 
  • Promotes improvements in mental health such as decreased depression

The carefully regulated oxygen and pressure levels in HBOT cause oxygenation of damaged tissue. This treatment ultimately encourages those tissues to regenerate and heal faster, improving chronic impairments in patients with post-concussion syndrome and TBIs, even for brain injuries that are many years old.

A series of other clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of HBOT as a therapeutic intervention for many conditions, including TBI, stroke, fibromyalgia, long COVID symptoms, and a host of other conditions. 

Aviv Clinics replicate the same HBOT protocols used in these clinical trials and administer them under the same strict procedures. 

This evidence-based treatment protocol is unique to Aviv Clinics and is performed at our medical facility by trained physicians. They’re not the same treatments delivered by oxygen spas and pods, which can be unsafe and unregulated.

Cutting-Edge Technology

At Aviv Clinics, patients have access to cutting-edge technology designed to help improve the cognitive, physical, and emotional/behavioral symptoms of TBI and concussion. Aviv’s spacious HBOT suite is the most technologically advanced and comfortable. The suite feels more like a first-class airplane cabin than a medical facility. It provides an exceptional, safe experience for patients as they participate in every HBOT session with a qualified nursing team member.

hypperbaric-oxygen-therapy

Begin Your Healing Journey with Aviv 

Understanding how TBI affects mental health is a critical first step toward effective treatment. Patients don’t have to continue suffering from the “invisible illness” that is TBI. If you or a loved one are experiencing cognitive, physical, or behavioral symptoms of TBI, contact us today to find out how we can help.

Asking “What Can HBOT Treat?” Is Like Asking Why Oxygen Matters

Every time you take a breath, your body receives vital oxygen, which helps it to grow, function, and convert the food you eat into energy. Oxygen is also vital in cellular function and brain activity. 

But inhalation isn’t always enough to supply the body with the oxygen needed for optimal functionality and healing. Learn more about how to regulate and elevate the oxygen in your body, as well as how treatment options can resolve ongoing health conditions and symptoms.

What Is HBOT? 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a process that elevates the amount of oxygen in the body. 

Patients breathe in 100% oxygen in a pressurized environment, which can help: 

  • Increase the amount of oxygen in the blood  
  • Regenerate damaged tissue to heal faster

In other words, HBOT can help patients live healthier and happier lives.

Why People Seek Out HBOT

Patrick Bol experienced lingering symptoms of COVID that extended well beyond the expected recovery period. Watch Patrick’s journey below! 

While Patrick turned to Aviv for relief of his long COVID symptoms, the Aviv Medical Program, which can include HBOT, offers a clinically-tested treatment option for a number of conditions.

14-year-old Linden Perry suffered post-concussion syndrome after multiple concussions sustained while playing basketball and soccer. 

74-year-old Trice Hirr couldn’t get back to her competitive swimming speed because of a history of injuries and a hip replacement. 

Lyndi Scott-Strite suffered from symptoms of Lyme disease, which made her step back from her usual activities and routine.

The stress from her husband’s illness put pressure on Zizi McKinnon’s mental and physical health. 

This common thread that binds these individuals is not just about health—it’s about taking control of their minds and bodies to help them live life the way they want. No one deserves to live an average life, plagued with discomfort or health problems. 

Living a full and active life comes down to finding the right team of medical professionals, and you’ve come to the right place. Aviv Clinics is here to support you in your journey back to optimal health.

The Aviv Medical Program treatment can include hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We are proud to offer HBOT as a part of our program to help patients finally experience relief from a range of conditions, so they can start living their life to the fullest again. This could be you.

 

 

Why Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Matter?

HBOT revitalizes your body by increasing the oxygen concentration in the body. For wound healing, it delivers oxygen-rich plasma to areas that have been slow to heal. 

Whether you’re experiencing a decline in sports performance or lingering symptoms from an illness or injury that occurred months or even years ago, your physician may determine HBOT to be a beneficial component of your treatment plan. 

“With a chronic illness, it can feel like you’re done living…I feel like I am myself again.” Lyndi Scott-Strite, former Aviv patient

“[The Aviv Medical Program] was more for a survival perspective. I wanted to keep my job. I wanted to keep on living. I wanted to keep being an outdoors person and be there for my family.”  Patrick Bol, former Aviv patient

HBOT: A Research-Backed Therapy Program

Oxygen and HBOT are at the forefront of innovative medical research. And for good reason—every tissue and cell in our bodies need a constant supply of oxygen to work properly. 

Oxygen also serves the following functions in the human body: 

HBOT has been used since the 1800s, which demonstrates its longevity and effectiveness over the years. Aviv uses advanced and unique HBOT technology to deliver safe and secure medical treatments. Decades of research illustrate that HBOT may help people suffering from a variety of health conditions, including:

  • Stroke
  • Post-Concussion syndrome 
  • Lyme disease 
  • Long COVID
  • Concussion and TBI (traumatic brain injury)
  • PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • MCI (mild cognitive impairment)

How Does HBOT Work? 

Here’s what to expect during your HBOT journey as a part of the Aviv Medical Program: 

1. You’ll enter a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. This spacious HBOT chamber feels similar to the business class section on an airplane. You’ll sit comfortably and breathe through a custom-fitted oxygen mask. Patients generally don’t feel anything during this process. Most play brain exercise games on a tablet during their HBOT sessions. Others listen to podcasts or learn a new language.

Entering Aviv Clinic's Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

2. You’ll rotate between breathing through the mask and breathing air. During the HBOT treatment, you will alternate between breathing 100% pure oxygen and medical-grade air. Our medical staff will help you prepare for HBOT before your first session.

Woman recieving treatment in Aviv Hyperbaric oxygen chamber

3. You’ll come back for repeated HBOT sessions. Most of our patients complete roughly 60 sessions altogether, but your Aviv Clinics physician will determine the treatment plan that’s right for you. Medical staff will be in the oxygen chamber with you at all times to ensure your comfort and that the process goes smoothly. At the end of your treatment, you’ll receive detailed before-and-after reports that outline your progress. 

returning to hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatment

Aviv’s Holistic Approach

A holistic approach to recovery can include HBOT coupled with additional therapies for a more comprehensive treatment. Your holistic plan may include: 

  • HBOT
  • Cognitive training
  • Physical training
  • Nutritional coaching 

Our holistic medical protocol delivers incredible results, which are often greater than what research studies illustrate. Each body ages and functions differently, so it’s imperative that your plan is uniquely your own. 

“At your beck and call, you have a physician, dietitian, physical therapist… so many professional people who will help you. What came out was a plan for me—just for me.”  ZiZi McKinnon, former Aviv patient

“You get to work with everybody from the neurologist who works with you on brain games to the dietitian who helps you with your diet. For Lyme disease, that’s extremely important.” Lyndi Scott-Strite, former Aviv patient

If you believe that you or a loved one would benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Florida as part of the Aviv Medical Program, contact our team of certified medical professionals today. Contact Us!

How Long Does HBOT Take to See Results? 

Most people see improvement from the Aviv Medical Program very early in the 8-12 weeks of therapy and see medically verifiable results at the end of their treatment. This time frame allows the body to begin maximizing its ability to regenerate cells and blood vessels. 

Keep in mind, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. You’ll receive your own unique, holistic therapy plan that can include HBOT, so outcomes and timelines will vary. 

We’ve had patients who were amazed at how much more weight they can lift at the gym, how they can think through and remember things more clearly, and how energetic they feel each day.

Aviv Clinics provides objective data during your treatment plan to assess your oxygen levels and brain output before and after implementing HBOT coupled with other therapies. Our ability to quantify your health plan is ultimately what can give you hope. 

How Long Do the Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Last

We strive for long-lasting effects of the Aviv Medical Program for every patient. Our relationship with you does not stop at the end of your plan timeline. We’ll send you off with a wearable device and continue to check in with you and send reports on your health and performance. 

“I’m five months after the program, and I really do feel a lot calmer. I’ve been able to think through things more clearly. Before I was losing confidence, I was in a panic… now I plan to tap dance until I’m 120 years old!”  ZiZi McKinnon, former Aviv patient

HBOT for Various Conditions 

HBOT can bring hope to those dealing with various unique medical challenges. Here are some conditions Aviv can help you fight.

Aging

Researchers discovered HBOT may improve signs of aging by: 

  • Improving cognitive function, specifically attention span, information processing, multitasking, and memory,
  • Lowering the number of cells responsible for aging,
  • Increasing telomere length.

SPECT brain scan images of anti-aging before and after HBOT trials suggest positive effects of HBOT on aging. 

Post-Stroke 

One research study suggests HBOT can significantly improve post-stroke conditions. Study participants described an improved quality of life. When combined with proper nutrition, exercise, and regular assessments, HBOT may help post-stroke patients regain their speech, motor functions, and independence in performing day-to-day tasks. 

Mild Cognitive Decline

HBOT’s ability to increase blood flow to the brain shows promise in improving memory function. The number of brain vessels naturally declines with age, and HBOT can help lessen this effect. One study suggests that HBOT can help combat memory loss and reverse early biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)

Approximately 30-40% of those who suffer concussions or traumatic brain injuries experience lingering symptoms. This condition is called post-concussion syndrome (PCS) or persistent post-concussive syndrome (PPCS) and merits careful medical attention.

While the brain is an impressive organ with millions of capabilities, sometimes it needs intervention and treatment to fully heal and function at its best. Studies indicate HBOT may improve PCS, even years after a mild traumatic brain injury event.

“I’ve noticed that my balance, which was really thrown off when I first got [to Aviv], is coming back now.” Linden Perry, PCS survivor and Aviv Clinics patient

Lyme Disease

Chronic Lyme disease is one of the most challenging illnesses to recover from. Patients often receive little relief from antibiotic-heavy therapies. Luckily, recent research suggests that HBOT may improve symptoms of Lyme disease in patients who have taken antibiotics for at least 10 years. 

“I now have a solution. I have a way to get back to this place where I’m feeling energized, I’m feeling vital, I’m feeling like I can take on the world again.” Lyndi Scott-Strite, Lyme disease survivor and Aviv Clinics patient

Fibromyalgia 

In one research study, fibromyalgia patients who underwent HBOT sessions five days per week over 12 weeks experienced less chronic pain. Further research needs to be conducted, but these early studies suggest that HBOT may help fibromyalgia patients live a more comfortable life.

Start Your Healing Journey with Aviv

If you’re looking for answers and solutions to your challenging medical conditions, reach out to the Aviv staff. You’ll speak directly to a member of our comprehensive team of certified medical specialists. During your first call, we’ll discuss your medical background to determine if the Aviv Medical Program may be right for you.  

As Dr. Mohammed Elamir, MD, FACP, puts it: “The Aviv Medical Program can be successful because it addresses the cause of the symptoms, not just the symptoms alone. In combination with cognitive, physical, and nutritional coaching, some HBOT protocols can be very effective.”

Contact our HBOT Florida medical professionals to talk about how you can incorporate hyperbaric oxygen therapy benefits into your healing and relief journey.