Discal Hernia (back pain)




As many as 80% of adults in the U.S. suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives, and for many, the cause is a herniated disc.

The condition occurs when the spongy cushions, or discs, that serve as shock absorbers for the spine become inflamed and bulge or break open. A herniated disc of the lower spine can cause pain in the back, buttocks, and legs with numbness and weakness when bulging discs press against nearby nerves.

The analysis suggests that ozone therapy is as effective as surgery for relieving pain caused by a herniated disc, with a much lower incidence of complications and much quicker recovery times.

Ozone is a gas that normally exists in the atmosphere and is produced by the effect of UV rays of sun’s light on the oxygen. Medical ozone is the mixture of oxygen and ozone, in variable concentrations according to how it is applied.

Ozone Discectomy (or ozonucleolysis) is a procedure used to relieve back and leg pain by the injection of ozone in and around the disc. This procedure is an extremely effective alternative to surgery for the treatment of back, leg or arm pain caused by a herniated or a prolapsed lumbar or cervical disc.

Over 3,000 patients have been treated successfully at our center using injection of medical ozone in the disc with a success rate of 70-80% and with minimal or no complications. Ozone discectomy is done under local anesthesia and sedation, and the patient goes home after a short recovery on the same day.

Ozone therapy due to its good results, noninvasiveness and lack of major complications compared to other methods (microsurgery, endoscopic discectomy, percutaneous discectomy, conventional open surgery) make this therapy the treatment of choice with the potential to change lives of countless sufferers of back and leg pain.

How Ozone Treatment Works

Oxygen-ozone gas is given via an injection into the herniated disc. A needle delivers the treatment directly to the disc, and it reduces the volume within the disc. This is due to the oxidation of proteoglycans, which are proteins found within the gel-like center of the disc (called the nucleus pulposus). When your disc volume is reduced, the pressure on nerves is also reduced. This, in turn, lowers the amount of pain you feel.

Benefits of Ozone Treatment

Besides a shorter recovery time and lower complication rate than surgery, other benefits of oxygen-ozone injections include:

• It is minimally invasive.
• It is an outpatient procedure.
• It takes little time to administer.
• It costs much less than surgery.
• It is a pain-free procedure.