Millions of aging people are plagued by arthritis in the knees. Osteoarthritis is a slowly progressive disease in which joint cartilage breaks down.
The pathological changes include degradation of the articular cartilage, formation of osteophytes, inflammation of the synovium, degeneration of the ligaments and thickening of the subchondral bone. As a result, symptoms of joint pain and stiffness occur, with grinding and cracking sensations. Repeated activity that causes high stress on the joints and aging are the most common causes of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis causes severe pain, disability, and reduction in quality of life.
The articular cartilage has a limited ability of intrinsic healing and repair due to the lack of blood vessels, lymphatics and nerves. Currently, there are no approved treatments for osteoarthritis that can slow down the structural progression or delay the need for total knee replacement.
Ozone is a naturally occurring gas that consists of three atoms of oxygen. It has been used for treatment for over a century. The alternative therapy of ozone gas appears to be promising in reducing inflammation and balancing free radicals in the body. Ozone has therapeutic aims in chronic diseases, by activating the cellular metabolism, reducing prostaglandin synthesis, reducing oxidative stress, vasodilation and angiogenesis stimulation. Injecting ozone gas into the knee can reduce pain and improve functioning and overall health.
Ozone has a significantly broader mechanism of action than NSAIDs and corticosteroids, providing anti-inflammatory effect and antalgic gait. The value of intra-articular ozone in reducing pain and improving function in patients with knee osteoarthritis was confirmed in several clinical trials. Intra-articular ozone is safe to use. Adverse events rarely occur, with acute pain in the knee at the moment of the ozone application.
Ozone gas injections can give a patient a better quality of life with less pain in performing the daily life activities. It can also delay the need of joint replacement surgery.
Weekly intra-articular ozone administration for 8 weeks can reduce osteoarthritis associated pain, improve joint function and improve the quality of life of patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis.
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