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. Our practice has over 15 years of experience with this therapy. This 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.
A consultation will determine if ozone disc treatment is a good option. An MRI study is required for a proper evaluation. Operating-room level sterility 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.