Heritage Regenerative Medicine
John E. Stavrakos, MS, MD
Sports Medicine Clinic & Wellness Center serving The Greater Charlotte Area
Ozone Therapy Q & A
What is ozone therapy?
Ozone is a gas that forms when electricity strikes regular (O2) oxygen molecules. The electrical charge leads to s an extra oxygen atom being added to the molecule to make O3, or ozone. Ozone therapy uses this potent oxygen source to promote better, faster healing.
Ozone has been used as a medical treatment for more than 100 years. It helps reduce pain and inflammation and promote joint healing, and is a favorite therapy of many professional athletes.
Ozone can also kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and strengthen the immune system. Used properly, ozone supports biochemical activity, which helps your mitochondria (energy-producing structures in your cells) work more efficiently.
Why might I need ozone therapy?
You might benefit from ozone therapy if you have an injury that won't heal or a degenerative condition. Common problems that ozone therapy may be able to treat include:
- Knee injuries
- Neck pain and whiplash
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Torn tendons and ruptured ligaments
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
- Tennis and golfer's elbow
- Rotator cuff tears
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic viral or bacterial illness
- Autoimmune disorders
Virtually any condition from systemic diseases to acute injuries might benefit from ozone therapy. That includes viral illnesses like COVID-19.
How does ozone therapy improve my general health?
The main difference between people who remain healthy as they age and those who don't is often how well their bodies utilize oxygen. When you're young, your body uses oxygen far more efficiently, which is one reason small children seem to have boundless energy.
The rate at which you age, chronic disease issues, and how well you recover from injuries all depend on how efficiently the mitochondria work. Supporting the health of your mitochondria can help you address these issues.
You can help yourself by exercising more and eating a healthier diet. Dr. Stavrakos can help by prescribing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) if you have any hormone imbalances and providing ozone therapy.
What does ozone therapy involve?
There are several ways to receive ozone therapy. It can be applied to your skin as a gel or salve, or in a bag around an arm or leg. This is primarily for treating wounds and skin conditions.
You can receive ozone intravenously after blood has been removed into the bag (much like donating blood) mixed with ozone and returned to the body, or undergo insufflation, which involves gently infusing ozone into a natural orifice.
One of the most effective methods Dr. Stavrakos uses is Prolozone™, which combines ozone with procaine (a local anesthetic) and B vitamins. Prolozone stimulates healing so effectively it can even regenerate cartilage.
To boost its usefulness further, Dr. Stavrakos might prescribe therapies like PRP, prolotherapy, and injections of vitamins and supplements for immune support and increased energy.
Find out how you could give your health a considerable boost with ozone therapy by calling Heritage Regenerative Medicine today, or book an appointment online.
Sports Medicine Clinic & Wellness Center located in the greater Charlotte, NC area