The Italian oxygen-ozone therapy federation (FIO) study on oxygen-ozone treatment of herniated disc

G. Pellicanò, F. Martinelli, V. Tavanti, M. Bonetti, M. Leonardi, M. Muto, C. Andreula, N. Villari

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Abstract

Oxygen-ozone therapy exploits the chemical properties of ozone, an unstable allotropic form of oxygen with the symbol O3 and a molecular weight of 48 kDa. Many biologic effects have been attributed to ozone: increased glycolysis, effects on red blood cells, effects on rheology, bactericidal, fungicide and virustatic, immunomodulating action and analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. This broad spectrum of action explains the many indications for medical ozone administration. We assessed the results obtained in treating 15,000 patients with oxygen-ozone therapy and in particular to describe possible complications or collateral effects. The only thing we can understand is that the authors did not use correct asepsis and hygiene procedures. Hence, the low costs of oxygen-ozone therapy and the lack of any complications or collateral effects make this minimally invasive procedure safe and useful for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-15
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Ozone Therapy
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

Keywords

  • Complications
  • Herniated disc
  • Oxygen-ozone therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Ophthalmology

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