Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that results in a thinning of the cartilage in joints. The joints most commonly affected are hips, knees, and hands as they undergo a lot of stress and repetitive movements throughout our life. OA can cause pain, reduced mobility, and reduction in quality of life. A study from Brazil explored ozone injections as an alternative therapy for the pain of osteoarthritis.
Ozone injections have been shown to reduce inflammation and help with balancing free radicals in the body. It was then hypothesized that this effect could lead to a reduction of pain and swelling in the joint. Ninety-eight participants were followed throughout the length of the study while 63 of them received 10mL injections of ozone, and the others received 10mL of air as a placebo. Researchers evaluated changes in pain, function, ability to sit and walk, and quality of life measures at multiple points during the study. Throughout the study, participants in the ozone group showed improvements in pain, functions and overall health measures. Ozone injections could be a good option for addressing the debilitating symptoms of this degenerative condition.