Ozone & Chronic Pain Disorder

Ozone Injection Knee

What is Ozone?

Ozone Injection Therapy is an alternative therapy that increases the amount of cellular oxygen in the body via the introduction of ozone into muscles, ligaments, and joints.  Unlike the healthy cells that thrive in oxygen, disease causing bacteria (i.e. viruses, parasites, and fungi) are mostly anaerobic and are not be able to survive in high oxygen environments.

How long has Ozone been around?

Medical oxygen-ozone injection therapy has been used in Europe for many years to relieve neck and back pain, and is gaining traction here in the States as a minimally invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of chronic pain.

Who would benefit from Ozone treatments?

We have successfully treated Professional Athletes, Amateur Athletes, Auto Injures, and Chronic Injuries to name a few.  The variety of uses is seemingly endless and the therapy is often extremely effective, and we have successfully used ozone on our patients dealing with joint pain and nerve pain.  Recent literature has shown ozone injection therapy is extremely safe and has been shown to be very effective as a non surgical alternative disc treatment.  In one recent study "around two-thirds of patients who had ozone injected said it relieved the pain caused by disc problems'. 

How many treatments would I need?

That really depends on the severity of the injury and how that individual person's body responds to the treatment.  We have seen as little as one injection being effective to numerous injections being required.  Significant decrease in pain occurs in the three to seven day time frame.  That is the typical window of time Dr. Rucker utilizes to ascertain whether future injections will be needed.

Is the injection painful?

The common theme we hear from our patients is the area injected feels "full of pressure" Typically the pressure dissipates within 5 to 10 minutes, and we typically see great results within 24 to 72 hours.  There is no limitation on assuming your daily activities after the injection.

How much does it cost?

Ozone is not covered by insurance.  For a New Patient we charge $450 (Consultation and one area treated).  For a Follow-Up visit or additional area treated we charge $300 per area.  If you have a chronic pain disorder multiple injections may be required.  Our office can help our patients formulate a chronic pain treatment plan.