Ozone disc treatment
How it works
Ozone is a natural product from the sun's energy interacting with the atmosphere. Ozone has been used in many types of medical treatments for over 100 years.
Physicians in Europe, India, and Canada have been using ozone injections to treat disc herniations in the spine for more than two decades with excellent results and safety. Worldwide, published success rates are 70-80%, and we have acheived similar results. Our doctors have over 15 years of experience with this therapy. Ozone injection treatment has been shown to be effective for lumbar disc buldges, disc protrusions, disc herniations, and even disc extrusions. The oxygen-ozone mixture reduces inflammation, improves oxygenation around compressed nerves, diminishes the size of the disc herniation, and promotes healing and collagen formation.
This safe and reliable procedure will shrink a protruding lumbar disc by 10-20%, which is usually enough to resolve back pain and sciatica. These findings have been substantiated with follow up MRI evaluations. Treatments for cervical disc herniations in the neck have also shown success.
Ozone has also been shown to help with knee arthritis. Injections of the oxygen and ozone mixture appears to help with cartilage healing and diminish the levels of inflammatory cytokines inside the knee joint. In 2015, a Brazilian team published a paper proving the benefit of oxygen and ozone injections for symptoms of knee arthritis. This landmark study was structured as a double blind placebo controlled study, using the highest standard of evidence in medical science.
A consultation will determine if ozone injection treatment is a good option for you. An MRI study is required for a proper evaluation. Operating-room level sterile protocol and perioperative antibiotics are necessary to minimize the chance of infection. Under strict sterile technique and x-ray guidance, the injured disc is injected with a small amount of ozone. A mild sedative can be administered. The procedure causes little pain, and virtually no down time afterward. Symptoms start to improve immediately, and continue to improve over the next 2 months. Occaisionaly, a second injection is required for maximal results. For knee arthritis, usually a series of injections are required.