A simple procedure to get pain relief for disc herniation or degenerative disc disease.
It involves insertion of the thin needle in the disc & injection of ozone (produced by specialized ozone generator).
The action of ozone is due to the active oxygen atom liberated from breaking down of ozone molecule. When ozone is injected into the disc, the active oxygen atom called the singlet oxygen or the free radical attaches with the proteoglycan bridges in the jelly-like material or nucleus pulposus.
They are broken down and they no longer capable of holding water. As a result disc shrinks and mummified and there is decompression of nerve roots.
It is almost equivalent to surgical discectomy and so the procedure is called ozone discectomy or ozonucleolysis.
Besides, it has an anti-inflammatory action due to inhibitions of formation of inflammation producing substances, tissue oxygenation is increased due to increased 2,3 diphosphoglycerate level in the red blood cells.
All these leads to decompression of nerve roots, decreased inflammation of nerve roots, increased oxygenation to the diseased tissue for repair work.