By Dr. Ward Wagner
When we are young, we tend to take our youth for granted. We don’t wake up each day thinking, “I sure feel wonderful. Not an ache or pain in my body.” It isn’t until our bodies begin to age and arthritis begins to set in that we look back on those youthful years and wish we could have our young bodies back and have that spring in our step once again.
Many people suffer the aches and pains that come with age on a daily basis. Some feel like their medicine cabinets are beginning to look like a pharmacy. Most folks believe they have two choices: pill popping or living in constant pain. However, there are opioid-free options that not only relieve pain but also restore the body’s natural healing properties. One such treatment is ozone therapy. Though it may sound a bit futuristic, it has actually been around for a hundred and fifty years and was even used during World War I to disinfectant wounds, increase blood flow, and reduce inflammation.
So what exactly is ozone?
Most of us are familiar with the term “ozone” as it relates to the planet. Ozone is a colorless gas made up of three oxygen atoms; there is a layer of ozone gas in the earth’s stratosphere. Its primary purpose is to protect the earth from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, most of which it absorbs.
Although ozone is a gas, developments in technology have made it possible for ozone to be injected. This method is especially effective in treating joint pain due to arthritis. It has also helped in the healing and reduction of scar tissue resulting from surgery or injury. Studies have shown that intra-articular injections of ozone significantly decrease pain intensity in patients with mild to moderate arthritis and improve their function.
We live in a time where technological advancements make it possible for us not only to live longer lives but also to live stronger lives. Never in the history of mankind have we had a greater level of understanding or more advanced abilities than we do right now, endowing us with the capacity to tap into natural sources for the healing and benefit of our bodies.
If you suffer from joint pain, inflammation, or scars that are a result of injury or surgery, ozone therapy could be the “anti-aging” agent you’ve been waiting for. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your options to see whether ozone therapy is your ticket to a long, healthy, pain-free life. Contact my office, Dixie Chiropractic, at 435-673-1443.
J Clin Diagn Res Published online 2017 Sep 1. Therapeutic Efficacy of Ozone Injection into the Knee for the Osteoarthritis Patient along with Oral Celecoxib and Glucosamine. Xu Feng and Li Beiping. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320759.php