With age increases the risk of suffering osteoarthritis but this pathology can also be found in elite athletes or people who practice a lot of sport. Running or jumping can accelerate the appearance of osteoarthritis of the knee. Being overweight or having to stand for many hours can also favor their appearance on the knee. It is very common that when the weather is bad, older people complain of knee pain without knowing exactly the relationship that may exist between the weather and pain.
The most characteristic symptom of osteoarthritis is pain. This appears at the beginning when getting up from a chair and start walking and also when going down or up stairs. As the disease progresses the pain increases sometimes noticing a feeling of stiffness and stiffness giving the feeling that you need to "warm up" to be able to walk. There are patients who report feeling of insecurity and some also pain in the back of the knee. Sometimes an episode of more pain may appear with the knee swollen or inflamed and hotter.
Ozone therapy and knee osteoarthritis
The Journal of the Spanish Society of Pain (SED) has published a study carried out by the Institut Català d'Ozonoterapia where the result of intra-articular ozone treatment in a group of patients with advanced knee osteoarthritis has been assessed. The study included 203 patients, with an average age of 70 years, presenting pain in both knees in half of the cases. The result of the treatment was assessed with the help of the WOMAC questionnaire that measures the level of pain, joint stiffness and functional capacity. In all these sections the improvement was statistically significant.
Ozone is a gas derived from oxygen with important analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Does not cause any discomfort when administered in the joint. Its effect appears as the infiltrations are carried out. The average number of sessions required is usually five and is usually done once a week.
Its application has no side effects or contraindications so this form of treatment can be performed in patients of any age, including hypertensive and diabetic patients. The aim of the treatment is the reduction of pain, the increase of mobility and the progressive reduction of the need to take analgesics and anti-inflammatories to avoid the long-term damage that these drugs can cause on the patient's health.
Osteoarthritis of the hip, hands and shoulder
Other joints frequently treated with ozone therapy are those of the hip, hands and shoulders. In the case of the shoulders not being able to comb or not reach a shelf hinders the daily life of many people who need help for their personal hygiene or to hang clothes in the closet. Treatment with Ozone Therapy produces an important decrease in pain, better mobility and a decrease in the need for analgesics and anti-inflammatories, thus achieving a significant improvement in the quality of life of patients.