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An ozone jab to ease your crippling back pain

Press Trust of India London | Updated on March 12, 2018

Ozone is a highly reactive gas which can be beneficial or harmful to human health. But, a single jab of the gas could ease the agony of back pain for millions of people, a new study has claimed.

Scientists at Frankfurt University in Germany found that around two-thirds of patients who had ozone injected said it relieved the pain caused by disc problems.

Ozone could be beneficial or harmful to health, depending on where it is in the atmosphere.

The “ozone layer”, which extends from six to thirty miles above the Earth's surface, protects us from the Sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation.

But at ground-level, it can be a dangerous air pollutant that damages the airways and inflames the lining of the lungs, the Daily Mail reported.

In recent years, however, researchers have been studying its potential as a remedy for herniated discs. This is where discs in the spine, which normally act as shock absorbers for the body, become damaged and inflamed, pressing against nearby nerves and causing pain and numbness.

Treatments usually involve physiotherapy and painkillers but many people end up needing surgery. But the ozone therapy could help many avoid surgery, the scientists said.

In the latest study, the German team treated 327 patients with bulging discs who had not got better on other treatments and were heading for major surgery.

Published on January 05, 2012

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