Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Ozone Therapy

ozoneOzone therapy is a new treatment for treating back and leg pain resulting from disc prolapse. Our spinal column comprises of multiple blocks of bones. Between these vertebral bodies lie spinal discs which are similar to rubber washers and allow movement of the spinal column. The discs contain jelly-like fluid and are surrounded by a fibrous ring.  When there is a tear or rupture of a disc it causes the jelly-like fluid or proteglycam to flow out and exert pressure on the nerves leading to a pain that may affect the back or run along the legs. This condition is called disc prolapse.

Dr Vijay Sheel Kumar, chairman and neurosurgeon with Gurgaon based Dr Kares Hospital has been practicing this therapy for the last six years. Technically, a neurosurgeon, he has been deeply interested in pain management through minimal invasive techniques. For the last six years he has been employing ozone therapy for patients suffering from back and leg pain coming from a disc prolapse.


How ozone therapy works?

In ozone therapy, doctors use a sharp needle to inject a gaseous mixture of oxygen and ozone–a tiny bit of ozone with a lot of oxygen–into the damaged disc. While oxygen molecules contain two atoms of oxygen, ozone has three atoms of oxygen. The third atom, sometimes called a singlet oxygen or a free radical, holds the key to treatment. Injected into the body, the extra atom attaches itself to the jelly-like substance called proteoglycam, causing a rupture of chemical bonds in proteoglycam that helps it retain water.

The loss of its water-retention ability causes the proteoglycam to shrink and its pressure on the nerves drops. This agent also lessens the painful inflammation, improves the oxygenation and corrects the painful chemical imbalance that occurs around the nerve in cases of disc prolapse.


Researchers say it’s almost ironic that a free radical is used for healing. Free radicals are among the most feared molecules in biology. They can damage cells and genetic machinery. Much of medical research is involved in finding ways to prevent the harmful effects of free radicals.


  • No cutting
  • No scarring
  • No general anesthesia
  • No hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Very short absence from work


Kumar says that ozone therapy is not suitable for patients whose injury to the disc has led to severe bowel or bladder dysfunctions or threatens to cause paralysis. Such patients require quick surgery. Ozone therapy is also not offered to patients with infections or fractures.

Almost three to four hundred patients come to him seeking relief from crippling pain and majority of them are in the age group of 30-50.  However, the youngest patient I treated was 13 years of age and the oldest was 88 year old, shares he.  The patients that I get come from all over the world and different parts of the country. The fact that I receive a lot of word-of-mouth publicity from my patients speaks volumes about the results of the ozone therapy in helping people become pain free, concludes he.

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August 8, 2010
jaikishan chugh

wat r da charge for it

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