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We specialize in treating herniated and degenerative disc conditions with medical ozone injection therapy, and other minimally invasive regenerative medicine treatments. We also routinely and successfully treat acute and chronic joint and muscle pain.
Our patients come from all over the country and often from other parts of the world. Why? Because Dr. Bleiweiss pioneered ozone disc procedures in the United States and he continues to be one of the very few doctors today who routinely perform these disc procedures with excellent outcomes for our patients.

Ozone

Ozone

A most effective non-surgical natural treatment for herniated discs as well as joint and muscle pain.

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Stem Cell

Stem Cell

Stem cells are the body’s own powerful repair and healing mechanism. 

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Exosomes

Exosomes

Cellular excretion capsules with an amazing ability to signal our own cells to regenerate and heal. 

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PRP

PRP

A powerful mixture of growth factors and other compounds that help the body to heal and regenerate. 

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Ozone

Ozone

A most effective non-surgical natural treatment for herniated discs as well as joint and muscle pain.

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Stem Cell

Stem Cell

These live cells supercharge the body’s own powerful repair and healing mechanism. 

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Exosomes

Exosomes

Cellular excretion capsules with an amazing ability to signal our own cells to regenerate and heal. 

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PRP

PRP

A powerful mixture of growth factors and other compounds that help the body to heal and regenerate. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is medical ozone injection therapy?

Medical ozone injection therapy is a proven non-surgical treatment modality that has become one of the most popular treatments for spine, joint and muscle conditions in Europe, and many countries around the world.  Study after study has been published to demonstrate its efficacy and safety.

Why is Ozone the best non-surgical treatment for a herniated disc?

The ozone disc injection treatment has many qualities that make it the best non-surgical disc treatment. There are numerous studies performed regarding the safety and efficacy of this type of therapy.  Thousands of patients have experienced the effective outcome of this non-surgical herniated disc treatment. Ozone injections are the opposite of surgical intervention. These injections to treat herniated disc do not mechanically disrupt the disc by removing a piece of it or subjecting it to destructive energy such as laser or heat.  Ozone is a regenerative approach to restoring the disc to its normal functions by shrinking the damaged portion of the disc and promoting innate healing abilities in our body. Studies and statistics are widely available on the Web.

How do Medical Ozone disc injections work?

A vast amount of clinical data indicates that medical ozone disc injections work in the majority of patients.  Ozone injections reduce the size of a disc herniation enough to remove the pressure on a spinal nerve. Ozone also decreases inflammation, increases blood flow and activates the body’s natural healing mechanism.

The procedure involves guiding a small needle into the herniated disc and injecting a specific concentration of a pure medical oxygen ozone.  There is no surgical incision or hospital admission. Ozone injections do not mechanically disrupt the disc by removing a piece of it or subjecting it to destructive energy such as laser or heat.

Do you perform ozone disc injections on a regular basis?

Yes, Dr. Bleiweiss is one of the very few US physicians who routinely perform this particular procedure, with excellent outcome for patients.  He has an outstanding track record in successfully treating patients with disc herniation. Patients come from all over the country and often from other parts of the world to receive his expert care.  

I have herniated disc in my spine. How many ozone injection treatments would I need?

Based on our experience, usually only one treatment is necessary.  When there is near total improvement of symptoms after the procedure, the procedure will not be repeated.  Some patients will continue to improve over several months. If significant partial improvement is obtained such as a 60% relief, a second ozone disc injection will be recommended and discussed with the patient.

Is Ozone injection therapy safe?

Ozone injection procedures have been performed all over the world for decades with almost no known significant complications. Multiple studies have shown that the risk ozone injection procedures is extremely low.  For example, a study by Dr. Kieran Murphy at the University of Toronto calculated that the risk of ozone disc injections was near zero.

How many Medical Ozone injections will I need to treat my pain condition?

Most people require only a limited number of treatment.  The majority of our patients fall into the category of 1 treatment or 2.  Some patients who have repeated micro-traumas of the joints, for example, competitive athletes, may require periodic injections to keep the joints healthy.  For ozone muscle injections, there is no set protocol.  The number of ozone injection treatments depends on the body’s response to treatment and the amount of time that the condition has been present. For example, an acute muscle strain or sprain will usually respond to one ozone injection treatment.  However, a chronic muscle spasm condition that has been present for years (for example an old whiplash injury or fibromyalgia) usually takes longer to treat. However, once the condition is treated and there is a positive outcome, that outcome is sustained and long lasting.  

How long will it take until I feel better after the ozone disc injection treatment?

While some patients experience almost immediate improvement, significant relief can take 3-4 weeks. Some patients continue to experience improvement over several months after the treatment.  A period of soreness after the injection may be present for approximately 24 hours or a few days. Ozone injection treatment triggers a natural healing process so the length of time it takes for an individual to experience improvement ranges from immediate to over several months.

Do ozone injections hurt?

For ozone muscle injections, most patients say that they are less uncomfortable than trigger point injections.  Dr. Bleiweiss also knows this from his own experience, having received ozone muscle and joint injections and trigger point injections personally.  For ozone disc injections, intravenous sedation is usually administered, therefore, there is no significant discomfort during the procedure. Intravenous sedation is not absolutely necessary for an ozone disc injection procedure, since it can also be performed under local anesthetic if requested. However, most patients request intravenous sedation. Our patients have not reported significant ozone disc injection post procedure discomfort.

What are stem cells?

Our body has a large supply of stem cells which perform very differently from regular cells. A skin cell cannot become a muscle cell but a stem cell can become a skin cell or a muscle cell if needed. Think of these stem cells as super hero cells like firefighters on call. Stem cells are the body’s emergency repair system. They are in high demand when the body has an injury or suffers a trauma. When they are called upon, they are able to migrate to the damaged area of our body to perform repairs and proliferate (increase in numbers). They can also change into different types of mature cells as needed, which is a process called differentiation. We all have a large reservoir of stem cells in areas such as bone marrow, fat and around blood vessels. As we age our stem cells decrease in number.

How does stem cell therapy work to help injuries?

As we age, our bodies become less efficient with regards to activating stem cells and we also lose most of our stem cells. At age 30, it is estimated that we only have about half of the amount of stem cells that we had when we were born. By the age 60, we only have 5% of our stem cells left. That’s the reason why a knee injury at age 15 will heal quickly while the same type of injury at age 60 will not. When a 15 year old has an injured knee, a large number of stems cells will be rushing to the damaged site upon being signaled to do rapid repairs. A 60 years old person who suffers the same injury will not be able to assemble such a large number of stem cells to do rapid repairs. Traumatic injuries that normally occur throughout our lives creates a further demand for this stem cell repair system. That’s when stem cell activation therapy can come into play and help. Activating a large amount of stem cells as therapy is like having a helping hand when you need it. It is important to point out that this treatment is essentially a natural cellular repair phenomenon that is activating your own body's ability to heal and rejuvenate. The stem cell activating treatments have the ability to revitalize dormant stem cells that are in our own body which can then help nurse an injured or dying cell back to health by sensing what the distressed cell needs and secreting the necessary compounds such as growth factors. Once activated, stem cells can also donate mitochondria, which is a powerhouse of the cell, to an injured or distressed cell. That’s how stem cell activating therapy works on injuries.

How does stem cell therapy help with the normal aging and wear and tear?

As we age, we lose most of our large reservoir of stem cells and we have a diminished ability to activate our stem cells. We all undergo micro-traumas on a regular basis, even without any apparent acute injury. For example, the joints in our body undergo normal wear and tear throughout our lives when we walk, run, exercise or carry on day to day activities. The discs in our spine also undergo micro-trauma with normal activities such as lifting and bending. These micro-traumas are not significant on their own but over many years will result in damage to joints and spinal discs. We call this degeneration. Similarly, every organ in our body undergoes this process throughout our lives. Another good example is the skin, which is frequently exposed to damaging ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The goal of all regenerative medicine treatments is to actually repair the damage that has occurred to the tissues and organs of our body and to restore function. Stem cell activating treatments have the ability to nurse an injured or dying cell back to health by sensing what the distressed cell needs and secreting the necessary compounds such as growth factors. Once activated, stem cells can also donate mitochondria, which is the powerhouse of the cell, to an injured or distressed cell. Stem cell activating treatments will activate your normal body’s stem cells to help with a healing process. That’s how stem cell activating therapy works on degeneration.

Why do I need to take supplements and make changes in diet and exercise before my regenerative medicine procedures?

This is a very important question and it brings up a key point that is essential to all stem cell activating and regenerative medicine treatments. We are committed to treating our patients with the most advanced regenerative medicine technology that is available. We are also committed to assuring that the treatments that we provide have the best possible chance of working to achieve our healing goal. In his over 30 years of experience in treating patients, Dr. Bleiweiss knows that just having the best tools is not enough. A practitioner has to know what specific treatment is the best treatment for a specific condition and a specific patient. Sometimes, a combination of treatments is most effective. This is where the art and science of medicine meet with wonderful results. A practitioner also has to be skilled and confident in performing all of the procedures that are necessary for a specific treatment. The above, however, is only half of the equation. It’s the doctor and technology half. Unfortunately, many practitioners do not pay enough attention to the equally, if not more, important half of the equation, which is the presenting condition of the patient. To put it simply, your body has to be in the most optimal condition possible to heal after a procedure. That is why, in our practice, regenerative procedures are not a “one shot fits all” procedure. That is why we take the time and make the effort to assure that your body has the best possible chance to heal. That is why we are proud to call our method personalized precision medicine. Stem cells have to be appropriately nurtured and signaled at the proper time in order to obtain the desired clinical results. It is very important to have the proper environment for stem cells to flourish and that is what we do to achieve the best results for our patients.

What should a patient expect when undergoing stem cell activating or other regenerative medicine injection procedures?

As with every procedure that we perform, we want to take every step to assure that the procedure has the best chance of achieving optimal success. Most procedures require preparation to assure that your body is in optimal condition. Therefore, the first step is always the initial consultation, which includes a detailed history, a review of the medical records and a physical examination. After the consultation, Dr. Bleiweiss will recommend a regenerative procedure that is the most effective treatment for your condition. He will then discuss how to adequately prepare your body for the procedure. This usually requires vitamin supplementation, some dietary changes and aerobic conditioning in the weeks leading up to the procedure. Specific lab tests may also be necessary. These steps are important to assure that the procedure has the best chances of achieving our treatment goal which is to repair, regenerate, restore function and improve the quality of your life.

The procedure will be performed in the office or at a surgical center. You will go home to rest after the procedure. Most procedures, other than spinal disc procedures, are performed with a local anesthetic and are office outpatient procedures. A follow-up office evaluation will usually be performed approximately two weeks after the procedure. Vitamin supplementation will be continued after the procedure to assure that the body has the proper building blocks and micro environment to stimulate cell repair and growth.

These procedures are highly customized to each individual, therefore, specific recommendations, regarding activity, nutrition and exercise will be discussed during the follow-up evaluations. There are some procedures that will require the injection of additional growth factors such as PRP at some point after the procedure to provide the best internal environment to stimulate cell repair and growth.

After office procedures, patients are encouraged to go home to rest and resume normal activities the following day. With disc injection procedures, patients are advised not to perform any type of exercise until their follow-up evaluation, which usually occurs two weeks following the procedure.

Is there a hospital stay?

No, there isn’t. All procedures are done as either an office procedure or at an outpatient surgical center.

Do I need anesthesia for stem cell activating or other regenerative medicine injection procedures?

All procedures are office procedures that are performed under local anesthesia. The only exception is a spinal disc regenerative procedure. All spinal disc procedures, since they require fluoroscopic guidance, are performed as an outpatient surgery center with local anesthesia or with a combination of intravenous sedation and local anesthesia.

Do I need to take a few days off from work?

No. Most patients are able to return to work after a procedure. Office procedures usually only require you to take part of the day off in order to have the procedure performed. The only exception is if you have a spine or joint procedure and you have a job involving physical exertion such as heavy lifting. In that scenario, Dr. Bleiweiss will advise you when it is appropriate to return to work.

Can I carry on daily activities?

Yes. There are usually no restrictions of daily activities. The only restrictions are on certain types of exercise activities. These restrictions depend on the type of procedure and the type of exercise that you are engaged in. For example, if you lift heavy weights and you had a spinal disc procedure, or you are a long distance runner and you just had a knee procedure. Dr. Bleiweiss will advise you when it is appropriate to resume your normal exercise routine after a procedure.

Is a treatment with stem cell activating or other regenerative medicine injection procedures a painful procedure?

Very few patients complain about significant pain and it’s usually very well tolerated.

Would I experience pain after the procedure?

Minor discomfort can be experienced for a few days after a procedure while healing is in process. Significant discomfort after a procedure is rare. Discomfort after a procedure often has to do with the regeneration process that is taking place. We call this “regenerative discomfort”.

Can I drive myself home after a stem cell activating or other regenerative medicine injection procedures?

Yes you can drive home after the procedure. However, we don’t recommend that you drive if you received a procedure of the knee, ankle or hip purely for mechanical reasons. For example, if you need to suddenly slam on the break to stop the car, it’s not helpful to your post procedure recovery. If you have sedation for a spinal disc procedure, you have to have someone drive you home.

Is this an office procedure?

All stem cell activating or other regenerative medicine injection procedures are outpatient office procedures that are performed under local anesthesia. The only exception is a spinal disc regenerative procedure. All spinal disc procedures, since they require fluoroscopic guidance, are performed as an outpatient procedure at a surgery center with local anesthesia or with a combination of intravenous sedation and local anesthesia.

What is an exosome?

Exosomes are very small membrane enclosed packets that are excreted by cells. They contain fragments of messenger RNA, micro- RNA and proteins. They do not contain any DNA. Exosomes are not live cells.

How do exosomes help the body to heal?

Exosomes are not live cells. However, they can activate our own stem cells by signaling the cells that are present in our body. Exosomes can essentially accomplish all of the restorative benefits of stem cells. However, since they are not living cells, they cannot sense the micro-environment of the injured area and they cannot donate mitochondria to other cells. This can only be accomplished by stem cells. Exosomes also have immuno-regulatory and anti-firbotic effects. As we age, we all lose muscle tissue and capillary volume which in part results in decreased metabolism. Exosomes have been shown to promote the formation of new capillaries and the formation of increased muscle tissue. They help shift the scales to anabolism (the formation of new molecules) from catabolism (the breakdown of molecules) in the favor of anabolism.

How do I know if I am a candidate for a particular type of regenerative treatment?

Whenever Dr. Bleiweiss determines what the best regenerative treatment is for a patient, he will always perform a careful history, physical examination and review appropriate test results. After this process, he will discuss the treatment options with you and explain why he came to that decision.

What is a PRP injection?

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. PRP is a blood fraction that contains mostly platelets. In regenerative medicine, the platelets are the “good stuff” because they are packed with growth factors and many other valuable healing compounds. PRP has many applications and can be used alone or in combination with other regenerative medicine such as stem cell and ozone treatments to enhance their effectiveness.

A PRP procedure uses the PRP produced from a small amount of your own blood. It is packed with growth factors and other valuable compounds that have powerful regenerative effects and promote healing..

Where are PRP procedures performed?

All PRP procedures are outpatient office procedures that are performed under local anesthesia. The only exception is if PRP is used as part of a spinal disc regenerative procedure. All spinal disc procedures, since they require fluoroscopic guidance, are performed as an outpatient procedure at a surgery center with local anesthesia or with a combination of intravenous sedation and local anesthesia.

Do I have to take time off from work when I have a PRP procedure?

No. Most patients are able to return to work the day after a procedure. Office procedures usually only require you to take part of the day off in order to have the procedure performed. The only exception is if you are having a spine or joint procedure and you have a job that requires heavy lifting, such as construction work. In that scenario, Dr. Bleiweiss will advise you when it is appropriate to return to work.

Do all PRP procedures have similar effectiveness?

No, not all PRP is the same. The quality and effectiveness of a treatment can vary widely depending on the equipment and the techniques used. The platelet is the active agent in a PRP treatment. In regenerative medicine, the platelets are the “good stuff” because they are packed with growth factors and many other valuable healing compounds. However, red blood cells are the “bad stuff” in regenerative medicine because they can damage the cartilage of a joint as well as result in other negative effects. The best PRP preparation has a lot of the good stuff and almost none of the bad stuff. This is not as easily accomplished as it sounds, since blood is mostly composed of plasma and red blood cells. Platelets are only about one percent of the blood volume, therefore, it is not easy to assure that you have an adequate amount of platelets for an effective PRP treatment. The wrong technique, such as a low volume single spin preparation can have very few platelets and an unacceptably high amount of red blood cells. We call this “test tube PRP” which can be easily produced at a low cost, but the quality is inferior which leads to a lack of effectiveness. In our practice, we choose to use the most advanced equipment and techniques to assure that the PRP treatment that you get is packed with platelets that are ready to help you heal. This is accomplished by withdrawing the proper amount of blood and using a double spin centrifuge technique that is scientifically proven to have the proper number of platelets that are necessary to promote healing.

Is PRP an office procedure?

Yes, all PRP procedures are outpatient office procedures.

Do I need anesthesia for a PRP procedure?

All PRP procedures are office procedures that are performed under local anesthesia. The only exception is when PRP is used as part of a spinal disc regenerative procedure. All spinal disc procedures, since they require fluoroscopic guidance, are performed as an outpatient surgery center with local anesthesia or with a combination of intravenous sedation and local anesthesia.

Is PRP Safe?

PRP injections have been performed for many years. PRP is considered to be very safe, however, in all of medical practice, there is no zero risk procedures. Steps should be taken to ensure a safe and effective procedure. Your blood should be drawn under sterile conditions and your injection site should be prepared with appropriate antiseptics to assure that the infection or other complications risk is very low.

Do I need to take a few days off from work?

No. Most patients are able to return to work after a procedure. Office procedures usually only require you to take part of the day off in order to have the procedure performed. The only exception is if you have a spine or joint procedure and you have a job involving physical exertion such as heavy lifting. In that scenario, Dr. Bleiweiss will advise you when it is appropriate to return to work.

Can I carry on daily activities?

Yes. There are usually no restrictions of daily activities. The only restrictions are on certain types of exercise activities. These restrictions depend on the type of procedure and the type of exercise that you are engaged in. For example, if you lift heavy weights and you had a spinal disc procedure, or you are a long distance runner and you just had a knee procedure. Dr. Bleiweiss will advise you when it is appropriate to resume your normal exercise routine after a procedure.

Is PRP a painful procedure?

Very few patients complain about significant pain and it’s usually well tolerated.

Would I experience pain after the procedure?

Discomfort can be experienced for a few days after a procedure while healing is in process. This is known as regenerative discomfort. Patients usually tolerate post procedure discomfort well. If you have any concerns, you can call our office.

Is there hospital stay?

No, there isn’t. All procedures are done as either an office procedure or at an outpatient surgical center.

Can I drive myself home after the procedure?

Yes you can drive home after the procedure. However, we don’t recommend that you drive if you received a procedure for the knee, ankle or hip purely for mechanical reasons. For example, if you need to suddenly slam on the break to stop the car, it’s not helpful to your post procedure recovery.

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