ozone therapy for pain management

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Ozone is one of the most important gasses in the atmosphere. It protects the surface of the earth from U.V. radiation. At the higher range of concentration ozone exhibits a strong germicidal effect by oxidative destruction. At low concentrations, the three main restitutional properties of ozone can be observed:

  1. Ozone Improves Oxygen Metabolism
  2. Ozone Induces Specific Enzymes
  3. Ozone Activates Immune System

It is these systemic influences of ozone that cause it to be such a potent therapeutic tool, because most of the disease affecting humans today can be traced to diminishing levels of oxygen and a compromised immune system.
The are several ways to administer ozone, depending upon the condition being treated. Autohemotherapy, which involves bland treatment exvivo of blood with ozone and prompt reinfusion into the donor is the most popular procedure among German physicians. Other methods include direct infusion of a gaseous ozone/oxygen mixture either intravenously, or intra-arterially (particularly in critical limbs ischemia).
It has been proven that even direct delivery of ozone into the blood vessels has very low risk factors. No air which contains nitrogen ever enters the body, so an air embolus cannot occur. Colorectal insufflation of ozone/oxygen, much like an enema, has been used to treat colitis, fistula and colon cancer. Ozone is also excellent for topical treatment of infected wounds, ulcers and burns, especially those that are difficult to heal.

Conditions treated

  • Back pain, neck pain, lower back pain and headache
  • Intervertebral disk pathology
  • Prolapsed disc
  • Sciatic pain
  • Shoulder, knee and joint pains
  • Muscular pain and spasms
  • Tendon pain
  • Rheumatic pain

This treatment has

  • No side or adverse effects
  • Rapid pain relief
  • Long lasting results
  • No toxicity and no stomach irritation

Forms of application of ozone

  • Haemotherepy
  • Local application
  • Insuflation
  • Injections

How Oxygen-Ozone Treatment Works

Oxygen-ozone gas is given via an injection into the herniated disc. A needle delivers the treatment directly to the disc, and it reduces the volume within the disc. This is due to the oxidation of proteoglycans, which are proteins found within the gel-like center of the disc (known as the nucleus pulposus). When your disc volume is reduced, the pressure on nerves is also reduced. This, in turn, reduces the amount of pain you feel.

Benefits of Oxygen-Ozone Treatment

Besides a shorter recovery time and lower complication rate than surgery, other benefits of oxygen-ozone injections include:

  • It is minimally invasive
  • It is an outpatient procedure
  • It takes little time to administer
  • It costs much less than surgery
  • It is a pain-free procedure