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Ozone/Oxygen Shot Helps Heal Herniated Disk
Date:3/9/2009

n 25 percent based on the rating scale used.

"Equally important, pain and function outcomes are similar to the outcomes for lumbar disks treated with surgical diskectomy, but the complication rate is much less (less than 0.1 percent)," Murphy said. "In addition, the recovery time is significantly shorter for the oxygen/ozone injection than for the diskectomy."

Much of the research into oxygen/ozone therapy has been done in Italy, where it is believed as many as 14,000 individuals have been treated in the past five years.

"There are millions of people with back pain who suffer and who can't work because of their pain. Undergoing invasive surgical diskectomy puts you on a path where you may be left with too little disk. Taking out a protruding disk may lose the shock absorption that naturally resides between them in the spine," said Murphy. He predicts that this procedure will become standard in the United States within the next five years.

More information

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has more about back pain.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Society of Interventional Radiology, news release, March 9, 2009


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