New Ozone Gas Injections May Be Used To Help Patients Of Osteoarthritis
POSTED ON January 20, 2016 BY Justin Cowart
Written by: Justin Cowart
Did you know that – according to a research study conducted by the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco – patients who suffer with osteoarthritis who inject ozone gas into their knee can actually help reduce their pain levels while also improving their functionality and even quality of life?
Osteoarthritis (OA), which has also been called the degenerative joint disease, is a type of a slowly progressive disease in which the joint cartilage actually breaks down.
Typically, it’s the cartilage that is on the ends of bones that allows for pain-free, smooth movements of joints. With OA, the cartilage becomes thin and even irregular, which results in symptoms of stiffness and joint pain.
Cracking and grinding sensations tend to occur. Your joints that normally are under quite a bit of stress all due to weight bearing or repeated activity are the most susceptible to OA. The hands, hips, knees and even spine are the most commonly affected and the disease also becomes more common with age.
The researchers that were located in Brazil have most recently looked at the alternative therapy of injecting ozone gas into the knee – which is a naturally-occurring gas that consists of three different atoms of oxygen and has shown great promise in reducing inflammation and helps to balance free radicals in the body – to help determine if it could reduce pain and even improve functioning and quality of life for these patients.
Research leaders Virginia Fernandes Moca Trevisani and Carlos César Lopes de Jesus PhD. and their fellow researchers followed 98 different people over the course of study.
The researchers took 63 of the participants and gave them 10 ml injections of ozone throughout the study and the other 35 participants received 10 ml injections of air as a placebo.
The participants all had similar socioeconomic backgrounds and there were only two different participants – who were both in the ozone group – that were not able to finish the study.
During the study, the researchers performed several different evaluations of the participants towards the beginning as well as after their fourth to eighth injections and eight weeks after their last injection. The researchers were looking at changes in pain, the ability to sit, general functionality, the ability to stand and walk, as well as other different life quality indicators.
TUG tests, or timed up and go tests, were utilized and preformed to help evaluate the time it would take one of the participants to stand up, walk a certain distance and then return and sit. There were not any significant differences in how the two groups performed in these tests.
The group that was having the ozone therapy, however, did have significantly better results in the tests that focused on measuring function, pain and overall health.
The researchers did an evaluation of the overall quality of life for each participant at the end of the study, which was obtained utilizing the Short Form-36 Health Survey. Participants in the ozone group had reported improvements in all areas that focused on the quality of life after their fourth injections.
Dr. Trevisani and De Jesus, Paulista School of Medicine in Brazil and a PhD. student and processor at the Federal University of São Paulo, said,
“We think the work means that ozone can give the patient a better quality of life with less pain and more independence in daily life activities.”
Ozone therapy is a great tool for the clinician to help reduce pain or even help control it. The researchers strongly believe that more studies are required to be able to confirm their results and to show that ozone can potentially be a great alternative treatment option for patients who are suffering with osteoarthritis.
They believe that their next step will be to initiate a similar type of study that evaluates the patients with an ultrasound or CT scan.
Below is a short video with some additional information about ozone gas injections:
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Justin Cowart is a writer and researcher that loves to learn more about health, life, consciousness and making the world a better place. He loves music, traveling, meditation, video games and spending time with family and friends. He believes in baby steps and lifestyle changes in order to live a full life. In 2014, he lost around 40lbs from baby steps and emotional detoxing.
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