What are ozone injections?

Ozone is a gas molecule that contains 3 oxygen atoms. This gas is dissolved in the blood drawn from you then is injected back into the bloodstream or joints to treat a wide variety of health conditions.

What conditions can ozone injections treat?

Ozone injection therapies to joints can help with musculoskeletal conditions in an inverse way that prolotherapy or PRP. Instead of stimulating the inflammation healing response, ozone therapies are anti-inflammatory in nature and have been shown to provide pain relief especially to larger joints like knees and shoulders. Another use of ozone injection therapies is introducing it into the circulating blood stream. This technique has been shown to have a more widespread effect on overall health conditions. The use of ozone therapy in this way really shines when treating Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, lupus, and many forms of gastrointestinal conditions.

What are the treatment benefits of ozone injections?

Ozone has the ability to reduce or stop cancerous tumor growth. It also acts as an immunomodulator, which is especially useful when dealing with inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. These two benefits combined also make ozone ideal treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds.

How are ozone injections administered?

Once positioned comfortably in a chair or on the treatment table, a normal blood draw from the arm is performed. The blood taken is then prepared with ozone that has been medically prepared in a lab. The ozone is dissolved into the blood drawn and is then administered back into the body by IV.

If injecting into a joint space, a numbing medication will be injected with a small needle just below the skin. After the area is numb, the prepared ozone solution is dissolved into the same sugar solution as used in prolotherapy and then injected into the joint.

Are ozone injections covered by insurance?

Typically ozone injections are not covered by insurance. There are rare, limited conditions in which this injection therapy may be covered, so check with your provider for clarification if you feel you may be applicable.

What are the side effects of ozone injections?

Some common side effects at the injection include:
– Stiffness
– Swelling
– Bruising
– Tenderness
– Nausea
– Coughing
– Headaches

Less common side effects include:
– Allergic reaction
– lightheadedness
– Prolonged bleeding