A breakthrough research at the Negrin University Hospital in Spain has come up with a mixture of ozone and oxygen injection shot that is being tipped as a treatment option for sore back. Ozone that has hitherto been known to protect us from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun has now found its way into the treatment of back pain caused by slipped disc or herniated disc.
The currently available treatment options for slipped disc include physiotherapy and in severe cases surgery where the slipped protruding disc is cut away. In this new ozone/oxygen therapy patients are first anaesthetised and then cameras are used to guide the needle to the damaged disc. The mixture is then injected into the affected area. The ozone/oxygen mixture works by reducing the amount of prostaglandins compounds in the body that in turn reduces the pain and inflammation. It also aids the shrinkage of the disc tissue and relieves tension form the surrounding nerves.
The ozone/oxygen jab has already been tested on 60 patients in Rome and researchers at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit in Rome have confirmed that patients who receive the ozone/oxygen jab are far more likely to be free from back pain. It also helps in reducing dependency on painkillers and helps in lessening disability. The ozone/oxygen treatment is also supposed to be more effective than only oxygen treatment.
Although there have been more than 20 researches already conducted to prove the validity of the ozone/oxygen jab to cure back problem, it is yet to be recognised as a mainstream back pain treatment option.