What is a TBI?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is sudden damage to the brain caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Common causes include road accidents, falls, concussions and sports injuries. Both mild and severe cases of TBI or concussion can lead to long-term health complications such as depression, confusion, depression, cognitive decline, loss of motor skills, sleep disruption, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and more sometimes many years after the injury.
Traumatic brain injuries and concussions damages the brain by disrupting or restricting blood flow to certain brain regions, which impacts their ability to function properly. We know that the brain needs an adequate supply of oxygen to repair damage – and that’s where The Aviv Medical Program comes in.
Groundbreaking clinical trial shows remarkable results for kids with TBI
The new study published in Scientific Reports shows that the protocol used by Aviv Clinics is a highly effective treatment for healing damaged brain tissue and relieving ongoing post-concussion symptoms.
The study found that participants in the treatment group experienced a significant increase in cognitive function. This included an improvement in their general cognitive score, improvement in memory, and executive function, following the HBOT treatment. Additional improvements included a positive change in brain structure, and an enhanced emotional score covering issues such as anxiety, depression and more.
New hope for TBI & PCS patients with the Aviv Medical Program
Backed by over a decade of research, our customized program can combine cognitive and physical training, dietary coaching, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat the body and brain after a TBI or concussion.
Benefits of the program include improved cognitive and motor functioning following the brain injury (such as attention, memory, focus, clarity, information processing coordination, balance, and gait) even long after the event.
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Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) can occur after a TBI
Lingering symptoms of concussions may be a TBIs are a clear sign that your brain has not healed and additional treatment is needed. To assess if you’re dealing with post-concussion syndrome (PCS), Aviv physicians will review your health and concussion history, conduct a physical exam, and perform advanced MRI scans, SPECT scans, and both neurocognitive and neurological tests to diagnose this condition.
“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
If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury or concussion, we may be able to help.
How can the Aviv Medical Program help heal a Traumatic Brain Injury?
At Aviv, we first diagnose the severity of the brain injury based on the results of an MRI, physical, cognitive, and neurological tests to assess the damage and suitability for treatment. We then develop a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan based on your test results that can include cognitive and physical training, dietary coaching, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) sessions.
At the end of your treatment cycle, you’ll receive a detailed report of our findings, including your cognitive and physical improvements.
Proven benefits of The Aviv Medical Program for TBI patients may include*:
Benefits for your brain*:
- Rejuvenation of injured brain tissue, restoring some or all of the functions impacted by the damaged tissue.
- Increased blood flow in the parts of the brain associated with sensation, memory, vision, and attention, leading to better memory function, attention span, executive function, and faster information processing speed.
- Significant increase in blood flow to the brain (brain perfusion) and the generation of new blood vessels in the brain (angiogenesis).
- Improved psychomotor function (the combination of precise motor responses and cognitive problem-solving abilities).
- HBOT triggers neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to adapt/react in response to injury or disease.
- HBOT reactivates and triggers neurogenesis – neuronal (nerve cell) regeneration that occurs in the brain.
- Clinical improvements regardless of the severity of the TBI.
- Improved quality of life overall.
- * Individual patient results may vary.
Benefits for your body*:
- Better physical performance: fitness, strength, coordination, balance.
- Improved NIHSS (neurological motor function score), ADL (activities of daily life score), and EQ-5D (quality of life score).
- Boost energy, power and stamina.
- Improve sleep quality.
- Reduce pain (strong anti-inflammatory effect).
- *Individual patient results may vary.
Benefits for your cells*:
- Strengthen your immune system
- Encourage stem cells – the building blocks of tissue rejuvenation – to multiply and migrate
- Lengthen the telomeres – the protective caps at the end of each strand of DNA – associated with extending our biological clock
- Reduce senescent cells – known to contribute to many age-related diseases
- Increase mitochondrial function – the power plant in each of our cells
- *Individual patient results may vary.
The Aviv Medical Program: How it works
The Aviv Medical Program has proven clinical results based on over a decade of research at Shamir Medical Center. Our program includes:
In-depth medical assessment
A comprehensive three-day medical, physiological, and mental assessment conducted by Aviv certified medical staff, including physicians, neuropsychologists, physiotherapists, physiologists, and nurses. This involves the most advanced brain imaging tests suited to your needs, such as perfusion MRI, fMRI, and SPECT.
Tailored treatment program based on your personalized assessment
During the Aviv Medical Program, your dedicated medical team will coach you through your personalized treatment plan that may include brain and physical training, hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions, and a nutritional regimen all designed based on your assessment results, to maximize your body’s healing process.
At the end of your treatment, we repeat the tests from the initial assessment to empirically measure your improvements and make recommendations for your ongoing progress.
We’ll give you a comprehensive medical report summarizing the changes that occurred throughout your treatment, supervised, and signed by your professional healthcare team, and led by our physicians.
Aviv Clinics is changing the lives of TBI patients with the best-in-class medical program
The Aviv team created the Aviv Medical Program under the scientific leadership of Dr. Shai Efrati, Director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at the Shamir Medical Center in Israel. Over 10,000 clients have successfully been treated with the Aviv protocol to date.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a traumatic brain injury, we may be able to help. Speak with an Aviv team member to learn if you’re a candidate for the program.
TBI and HBOT:
Clear, proven research
Recent clinical studies at the Shamir Medical Center have measured the effects of HBOT on patients with neurological deficiencies, for example, mild memory loss or weakened reflexes caused by mild TBI.
HBOT can trigger neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change in response to injury or disease).
HBOT can also improve mental impairments (such as difficulty remembering things, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions), and improve quality of life, even years after the TBI occurred.
Read the full researches in the links below:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in children with post-concussion syndrome improves cognitive and behavioral function: a randomized controlled trial
Scientific Reports volume 12, Article number: 15233 (September 2022)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Improve Post Concussion Syndrome Years after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Randomized Prospective Trial
PLoS One 8, no. 11 (2013): e79995.
Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Chronic Neurocognitive Deficits of Post-Traumatic Brain Injury Patients: Retrospective Analysis
BMJ Open 8, no. 9 (Sep 28 2018): e023387.
Speak with an Aviv team member to learn if you’re a candidate for the program.