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Ozone Treatment – A Good Alternative For Spinal Injury

20th March 2007 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

Here is a link to work being done in the USA.

www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/SIR/13206SAN DIEGO, March 11 — Ozone gas injected into herniated disks may relieve back-related pain and disability without the risks of surgery, researchers said.

The improvements were well above clinical significance thresholds and comparable to surgical discectomy, Kieran J. Murphy, M.D., of the University of Toronto, and colleagues reported to the Society of Interventional Radiology here.
 

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Article One: Ozone Treatment - A Good Alternative For Spinal Injury

- a report from India

www.medindia.net/medicalnews/latesthealthnews_index.asp

People suffering from spinal injuries like low back pain and disc disorder now have a reason to smile as injections of ozone gas could bring better results than conventional surgery.

Ozonucleolysis, as the treatment is medically known, has started gaining ground in western countries, according to senior doctors who are here for a conference on the subject.

‘Ozonucleolysis or ozone discectomy for curing spinal injury is a better option than surgery. This new form of treatment is less painful as well as cost effective,’ Vijay Sheel Kumar, president of the World Federation of Ozone Therapy (WFOT), told IANS.

Over 40 dignitaries from countries like Spain, Italy and Germany are here to train doctors and share the finer nuances of the treatment,’ Kumar said.

‘In case of surgery, the chance of recurrence of pain is nearly 15 percent as against less than three percent in ozone treatment. In the new treatment, patients don’t have to stay in the hospital for a week. Only six sittings of one hour each spread over three weeks can cure the problem,’ said Kumar.

Ozonucleolysis has emerged as an affordable, least invasive approach and costs two-thirds the price of a conventional surgery.

Ozone discectomy is the injection of ozone inside the affected intervertebral disc. When injected, Ozone (O3) breaks down into O2 and O (single oxygen) and rapidly dissolves in the water in the disc.

As per the new technique, ozone is injected in the spine with 22G needle under the fluoroscopic guidance, with 4ml of a mixture of ozone and oxygen at a concentration of 30 micrograms per millilitre.

It causes shrinkage of the disc, thus reducing its volume and lessening pressure on the nerves. The treatment relieves pain substantially and, after two sittings, people ‘can go back to work under medical guidance’, Kumar

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Article Two: Ozone therapy: A revolutionary non-surgical treatment for recurring back pain
Ravi Bhatia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
Treatment of back pain caused particularly by herniated discs, may become a lot easier on the pocket soon. A new technique called Ozone Discectomy promises cheaper, safer and more accurate treatment of such cases, with minimal complications as well. The revolutionary technique was the focal point of interest at the recent ‘International Symposium on Spine Intervention’ in the Capital.

The event was inaugurated by the Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit. Also present on the occasion were the Italian Ambassador, Mr Antonio Armellini, and Dr S. K. Khattri, Secretary, Delhi Medical Council, among a host of other dignitaries. More than 30 distinguished speakers from as many as 12 countries presented their papers at the symposium.

Mrs Dikshit said, “I’m excited to know about newer techniques like ozone therapy for spine problems that are safe, effective and even economical. However, such advanced techniques have hitherto been the prerogative of the private sector only. We’ll work towards bringing such latest techniques like ozonucleolysis to government hospitals, so people at large can benefit from them.”

According to the organising secretary of the symposium, Dr Vijay Sheel Kumar, “Approximately one in every three adults suffers from back pain—the second most common pain after headache. According to the Ahmedabad-based National Institute of Occupational Health, 63 per cent of the bidi makers suffer from recurring back pain. The most common diagnosis for back pain is herniated disc, also called disc prolapse. It is a protrusion or sticking out of disc between the vertebrae. The conventional treatment till now included microsurgery and endoscopic discectomy, which were invasive in nature. But these methods were occasionally prone to surgical failures and recurrence of disc prolapse. Ozone therapy, on the other hand, is a revolutionary non-surgical alternative that is not only safe and accurate, but is also more cost-effective.”

Dr Kumar has performed over 300 ozone non-invasive procedures in India alone.

According to experts, software professionals, call-centre executives, technocrats and journalists suffer most from back and neck pains.

Ozone is a light-blue coloured gas that normally exists in the atmosphere. It is produced by the effect of UV rays of sunlight on the oxygen. Ozone injections have been found to be very safe and are currently employed as the first treatment of choice for disc herniation in many countries. The treatment is especially recommended for the patients with low back pain, cancer or spinal tumor, TB or other spine infections, severe spinal stenosis, or unstable spine (2nd or 3rd degree spondylolisthesis).

Ozone discectomy (Ozonucleolysis) for herniated discs was developed in Italy as a safe and least invasive therapeutic option, in lieu of other spinal procedures. The operation entails intradiscal and peri-radicular injection of medical ozone mixture under image-guidance. It has a success rate of well above 80 per cent. Absence of any reported complication from ozone injection in over 50,000 cases that have been performed worldwide, speaks of ozone as a safe ‘injectate’.

Under this therapy, the ozone molecule (O3) is injected in the inter-vertebral disc in trouble.

The most critical portion of performing any of the minimally invasive procedures is accurate and safe positioning of the needle (or terminal device) in the centre of the disc space. The risk in ozonucleolysis is particularly minimised, with the use of a very thin, 22-gauge needle. It may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes to position a needle in the centre of the disc space. Once the needle is safely placed in position, ozonucleolysis is completed in only another 2 to 3 minutes.

According to Dr Marco Leonardi, President, Ozone Federation of Italy (FIO), and Head–Neuroradiology, Bellaria Hospital, Bologna, “Ozone may have a reflex therapy effect called ‘chemical acupuncture’, breaking the chain of chronic pain stimulating anti-nociceptor analgesic mechanism. As pain is multi-factorial, ozone may also have a multi-factorial pharmacological effect alleviating disc compression by shrinkage of the herniated disc.”

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12 Responses to “Ozone Treatment – A Good Alternative For Spinal Injury”

  1. Arrow Durfee Says:

    New Delhi : People suffering from spinal injuries like low back pain and disc disorder now have a reason to smile as injections of ozone gas could bring better results than conventional surgery.

    Ozonucleolysis, as the treatment is medically known, has started gaining ground in western countries, according to senior doctors who are here for a conference on the subject.

    “Ozonucleolysis or ozone discectomy for curing spinal injury is a better option than surgery. This new form of treatment is less painful as well as cost effective,” Vijay Sheel Kumar, president of the World Federation of Ozone Therapy (WFOT), told IANS.

    Over 40 dignitaries from countries like Spain, Italy and Germany are here to train doctors and share the finer nuances of the treatment,” Kumar said.

    “In case of surgery, the chance of recurrence of pain is nearly 15 percent as against less than three percent in ozone treatment. In the new treatment, patients don’t have to stay in the hospital for a week. Only six sittings of one hour each spread over three weeks can cure the problem,” said Kumar.

    Ozonucleolysis has emerged as an affordable, least invasive approach and costs two-thirds the price of a conventional surgery.

    Ozone discectomy is the injection of ozone inside the affected intervertebral disc. When injected, Ozone (O3) breaks down into O2 and O (single oxygen) and rapidly dissolves in the water in the disc.

    As per the new technique, ozone is injected in the spine with 22G needle under the fluoroscopic guidance, with 4ml of a mixture of ozone and oxygen at a concentration of 30 micrograms per millilitre.

    It causes shrinkage of the disc, thus reducing its volume and lessening pressure on the nerves. The treatment relieves pain substantially and, after two sittings, people “can go back to work under medical guidance”, Kumar explained.

    Said Jose B. Noci, a senior ozone therapist of Spain: “Apart from a large number of people in Italy and Germany, nearly 4,000 patients are availing themselves of ozone treatment in Spain every year.”

    He added: “Since the number of affected people is much more in India than the above countries, both the patients and doctors can benefit from the new technique. While the patient can benefit from the low cost, a large pool of doctors can adopt the new expertise.”

    Citing a study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Health, Kumar said that around 63 percent of bidi makers suffer from recurring back pain.

    In the US, back pain affects nearly 60 percent of the population, with nearly 500,000 back injuries being reported every year. While Sweden spends nearly $775 million per year due to low back disorder, the problem costs the US over $50 billion.

    “The rapid industrialisation and growth in the BPO (business process outsourcing) sector, where people spend maximum of their day’s time in a chair, will make spinal injury a major health concern for India,” said Kumar, a neurological surgeon with over 30 years of expertise.

    Kumar said fewer than 10 doctors in India are currently equipped to conduct this procedure.

  2. Srikanth Says:

    Is it covered by Medical Insurance in India?

  3. jasmine Says:

    Do you ever get an answer Srikanth to if this is covered? This is something that I would be very interested in.

  4. naveen goel Says:

    pls let me know if any of these 10 doctors using OZONE technology is in delhi. if yes, pls give phone no and adrress, if no , pls let me know the nearest city in which they r in. thnx and regards,
    naveen goel

  5. hassan Says:

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  6. Jane Toabe Says:

    I am looking for a doctor or clinic who performs Ozone discetomy in Canada or in Cuba. If you can please inform me I would be happy to know.
    Thanks, JToabe

  7. abdul rehman Says:

    Only six sittings of one hour each spread over three weeks can cure the problem,’ said Kumar.

    ” What do you mean by six sittings. I have taken ozone injection for L4-L5 and S1. I have taken this one month back. Do u mean i need to repeat this SIX times ?? Pls reply

    Thanks,
    Abdul rehman shaikh
    +9321557981

  8. rajesh chheda Says:

    pls let me know doctors in mumbai -india giving this treatment.

  9. Jan Turner Says:

    Is anyone in the U.S. doing this procedure yet? or do we have to travel overseas to get the treatment?
    I know of people in Spain that have been treated this way and have had complete success with this method.

  10. Arrow Durfee Says:

    I am sorry that I can’t give the info you all request as I do not have it.
    And no, there is not anyone doing the procedure in the US. Ozone is not
    an FDA approved medical treatment in the US.
    I do know of one doctor who does injections around the spine but not into the spinal disk.
    Injections around the spine can help with spinal pain also but I do think
    that for some situations to really get to the problem it must be done under
    fluroscopic guidance and injected directly into the disk. This doctor I know of does seminars on how to do ozone injections
    so there are likely other people out there doing it also.
    His name is Dr Shallenberger located in Nevada.
    If you do a google search you will find him. He may keep lists
    of people he has trained.

  11. Jessica Says:

    Ozone is being done in the US. It just is not covered by insurance. The centers that I have checked with charge $2500 for a single disc. My understanding is that the FDA approves medications and devices, but not procedures. There is some info on the web. Just search ozone disc on yahoo or google.

  12. Mikhail Artamonov, MD Says:

    i’m a MD in the US and triple boarded including interventional pain management. In our clinic we do perform oxygen/ozone therapy for joints, spine etc. It’s normally should be done under X-ray guidance for spine and disc procedures. After many years of experience, I truly believe all spinal procedures should be done only by trained professional and under X-ray or CT-guidance to prevent potentially detrimental complications that many doctors doing them blindly just dnt report.