If you have a herniated disc that’s taking over, or limiting your life, the road to relief can be long and frustrating. If you’re trying your best to manage the pain while addressing the underlying problem, explore how our ozone injection treatments may hold the key to both objectives.
At Alternative Disc Therapy, Dr. Warren Bleiweiss and our team prefer integrative approaches to healing that work with the human body, rather than around it. Dr. Bleiweiss has triple medical board certifications from the American Academy of stem cells Physicians, American Board of Anesthesiology, and American Board of Pain Medicine, which allow him a unique and broad perspective on healing.
With the goal of providing long-term pain relief without relying on medications or surgery, we offer alternative solutions that encourage healing from within.
With that in mind, here’s a look at how one such treatment — ozone injections — may be the answer to your painful herniated disc.
Behind a herniated disc
Before we get into our ozone injection treatments, let’s take a closer look at how your discs herniate in the first place. Your spine runs from the base of your skull to your pelvis and provides your body with foundational support. Critical to this task are the 23 discs that separate your 24 moveable vertebrae, providing cushioning and support.
To accomplish this, each of your discs features a tough outer layer that houses a jelly-like substance on the inside. When the outer layer of your disc weakens, it can herniate, allowing some of the interior substance to leak out and irritate the highly sensitive nerve roots that branch out from your spine.
There are many reasons why this occurs, with simple wear and tear at the top of the list. Over time, your discs weaken with age and become brittle, leaving them more susceptible to rupturing or bulging.
Addressing a herniated disc
There are many approaches to addressing a herniated disc, and most of them are designed to manage your symptoms. With our ozone injection treatments, our goal is to provide a long-term solution by shrinking the portion of your disc that’s compressing your nerves.
The injections we administer contain a mixture of ozone and oxygen, which work together to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Increase blood flow
- Reduce oxidative stress
- Stimulate healthier cell growth
Our treatments not only provide relief for your pain, they set you up for long-term success by encouraging your problematic disc to regenerate and repair itself on a cellular level. Ozone supports the ongoing health of your discs. Ozone has an added benefit of enhancing the immune system.
Unlike surgery or other conventional treatments, an ozone disc injection procedure does not carry risks and side effects commonly associated with surgery and medication. It’s an out- patient procedure in a clinical setting. You can go back to work the next day. There is no lengthy recovery period, weeks away from work, or physical therapy required.
The success of ozone injection treatments
While we have plenty of positive feedback from our patients showing that our ozone injection treatments are effective at remedying the pain that comes with a herniated disc, many studies also confirm our findings.
One study that followed more than 100 patients at five and 10 years after ozone therapy found that 79% of patients reported a reduction in the disc herniation. Of these patients who were able to avoid surgery, the improvements were sustained after 5 years for 82% and 88% experience sustained improvement after the 10-year mark.
Our patients give us positive feedback after the ozone disc injection procedure, and their own stories are featured on our website, on our Patient Reviews page. We invite you to visit.
If you’d like to find out for yourself why ozone injections are so effective in resolving disc herniations, contact our office in Caldwell, New Jersey, to set up an appointment.