What is Ozone?
Ozone is a natural gas comprised of three atoms of oxygen (O3). This is an energized form of oxygen which contains three atoms of oxygen rather than the two atoms we normally breathe. Ozone has been studied since the 1800’s, in 1896 Nicola Tesla patented the first O3 Generator in the US and later created Tesla Ozone Company . It is the second most powerful sterilizer in the world and can be used to destroy bacteria, viruses and odors. Ozone is 1,000 times more disinfectant than chlorine!
How does Ozone work?
The third oxygen atom of ozone makes it extremely reactive. This atom readily attaches itself to other molecules. When contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or yeast make
contact with ozone, it disrupts the integrity of the cell envelope, creating a miniscule hole in the cell wall. Once the cell wall is destroyed, the bacteria are unable to survive. This process is called oxidation. Ozone essentially reverts back to oxygen after it is used. This makes it a very environmentally friendly oxidant and very safe to use.
Medical Uses for Ozone Therapy
In 1929, the directors of the most reputable hospitals in the U.S.A. published the book Ozone and It’ s Therapeutic Action, which lists 114 diseases and their treatment through the application of ozone. Herniated disc therapy has a 60-80% success rate using just ozone/O2 injections. This series of injections has equal or better efficacy when compared to back surgeries. They also have the added benefit of no recuperation time and decreased cost when compared to surgery. Disc Herniation is not the only application. Ozone is also extremely effective in treating joint pain, neuropathic pain and general chronic pain patterns.
Prolozone Therapy is an injection technique similar to prolotherapy that uses ozone. The use of ozone causes the joint to heal much more quickly than in traditional prolotherapy. This is because ozone is a highly reactive molecule and when injected into a joint capsule it is able to stimulate the fibroblastic (or regenerative) joint repairing abilities.
Prolozone is derived from the word ozone and the Latin word “proli” which means to regenerate or re-build. It literally means re-building tissues with ozone, the power of the oxygen causes damage tissues, joints, ligaments and tendons to regenerate. This generally results in complete healing and a permanent end to pain.
To sum up, Prolozone is a non-surgical injection based treatment that in many cases permanently resolved chronic pain patterns and can regenerate damaged tissues.
What Conditions Can Be Treated With Prolozone?
Prolozone has shown to be an effective treatment for joint pain including: rotator cuff injuries, torn tendons, TMJ, degenerative and arthritic knees, shoulder and elbow pain, chronic neck and back pain, and degenerated discs.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Similar to Neural Therapy, Prolotherapy and PRP, we clinically see the best results with 3 to 5 visits of ozone therapy 1-2 weeks apart. Ozone therapy is virtually painless and often can give you immediate relief in your pain with no recovery time or activity restrictions.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
There is an exciting treatment that is accelerating the way patients heal from tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries, as well as some chronic skeletal conditions. It’s called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
PRP is a concentrate of platelets derived from a patient’s own blood. It has a greater concentration of growth factors than whole blood and has been used to encourage a brisk response to healing of soft tissue and joints.
How does it work?
Your practitioner will collect a small amount of your blood. The blood is then placed into a centrifuge. The centrifuge concentrates the platelets from the blood. The concentrated platelets are then harvested and injected into the injured area. Responses to treatment vary, but most patient’s need one to three injections. This can be repeated twice per year.
When can I return to regular physical activities?
PRP therapy is not a quick fix. The therapy stimulates the growth and repair of tendons and ligaments, which requires time and rehabilitation. Your practitioner will work with you to determine when you will be able to return to your regular physical activities, usually three-four weeks after final injection.
Common conditions that can be treated with PRP include tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, Achilles injuries, patellar and quadriceps tendonitis, and partial rotator cuff tears.
We recommend Prolozone & PRP be used together to achieve maximum regeneration.