Dr. Gloria Rovira Dupláa, expert in Ozone Therapy and member of Top Doctors, will talk about its application in osteoarthritis of the knee.
What is ozone therapy?
Ozone therapy is the technique that uses ozone as a therapeutic agent in medicine, thanks to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties ozone is being used in pathologies that involve pain such as osteoarthritis of the knee and hip and also, for many years, in the treatment of herniated discs.
What is the ozone therapy treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee?
It has been seen that local infiltrations in the point of pain are those that will give better results in the treatment of both knee and hip osteoarthritis pathologies. The infiltration will be better, we will have more powerful results, than when we administer the drugs orally. In the case of ozone treatment consists in the application with a very fine needle, the finest currently available, of a certain amount, in the case of the knee is 10cm3, of a mixture of ozone and oxygen. We are going to introduce it intra-articularly and the puncture, besides not being painful, will allow us a quick recovery with problem-free mobilization of the joint and a return to daily life in a totally immediate way.
How many sessions are necessary and what results are achieved?
Usually, in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, we perform five sessions. They are performed once a week and are completely ambulatory. The results obtained with this technique are good and we have carried out a study, which has been published in the journal of the Spanish Pain Society, in which we have shown that treatment with intra-articular ozone will greatly improve symptoms, both pain and mobility, in patients with advanced osteoarthritis of the knee. The fact that it has no side effects or contraindications will allow us to perform this form of therapy in both hypertensive and diabetic patients without raising blood pressure figures or increasing blood sugar levels.