Ozone Therapy (Intradiscal)
Medical ozone injection therapy is an excellent pain relief treatment modality, as well as an effective non-surgical alternative treatment for disc herniations. The injection of oxygen-ozone into muscles and discs has been used since the 1980s in European countries to successfully treat patients suffering from disc herniation. It is also used for many other painful conditions such as neck, back, shoulder, knee, joint, hip, and muscle pain. Intradiscal ozone injection therapy has been demonstrated by several published studies over time as a minimally invasive nonsurgical treatment option for disc herniations. Multiple studies have also demonstrated that ozone injections are very safe, with a near zero complication rate.
Please see the following articles: http://www.ajnr.org/content/24/5/996
While the FDA states that ozone is a toxic gas with no known useful medical application in specific, adjunctive or preventive therapy, numerous research studies have shown worldwide that there are therapeutic benefits to using medical ozone. The “therapeutic window” has been determined to range between 10-80 mcg/ml. The recommended concentration of intradiscal ozone is about 33 mcg/ml. If given intravenously, the concentration should be between 50-55 mcg/ml.
Ozone is a gas not a liquid. Medical Oxygen (O2) is used to make Ozone (O3). It is the extra oxygen molecule that does all the work. When the ozone enters the blood it destroys all viruses, yeast, mold, fungus, bacteria, spirochetes and parasites as well as harmful toxins and harmful free radicals. Ozone has also been shown to chelate toxic material from nerve tissue that normal chelation cannot. According to the literature, an adverse reaction to ozone may be a temporary rash.