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2021 Oct-Dec

Med Gas Res



Medical ozone therapy in facet joint syndrome: an overview of sonoanatomy, ultrasound-guided injection techniques and potential mechanism of action.


Latini E, Curci E R, Nusca S M, Lacopo A, Musa F, Santoboni F, Trischitta D, Vetrano M, Vulpiani M C
Med Gas Res. 2021 Oct-Dec; 11(4):145-151.
PMID: 34213496.


Facet joint osteoarthritis is the most prevalent source of facet joint pain and represents a significant cause of low back pain. Oxygen-ozone therapy has been shown to have positive results in acute and chronic spinal degeneration diseases and it could be a safe and efficacious alternative to traditional facet joint conservative treatments. This review article explains the interventional facet joint management with ultrasound-guided oxygen-ozone therapy, providing an anatomy/sonoanatomy overview of lumbar facet joints and summarizing the potential mechanism of action of oxygen-ozone in the treatment of facet joint osteoarthritis, not yet fully understood.