The Effects of Prolotherapy With Hypertonic Dextrose Versus Prolozone (Intraarticular Ozone) in Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis

Masoud Hashemi, Parviz Jalili, Shirin Mennati, Alireza Koosha, Ramin Rohanifar, Firouz Madadi, Seyed Sajad Razavi, Farinaz Taheri
Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine 2015, 5 (5): e27585

BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a common disabling disease. Limited studies have demonstrated that prolotherapy with dextrose or with prolozone can be helpful in the treatment of patients with KOA.

OBJECTIVES: In the current study, we compared the results between these two treatment methods.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: In the current randomized clinical trial, 80 patients with mild to moderate KOA were randomly assigned equally into two groups (ozone group and dextrose group). In each group, injections were repeated three times with 10-day intervals. Before the treatment and 3 months after the injections, the pain intensity was measured by using a visual analogue scale and the Western Ontario and McMaster university arthritis index scores. Finally, the results were compared between the two groups.

RESULTS: In the two groups, the pain intensity and WOMAC scores significantly decreased and increased, respectively (P < 0.001). However, there was no significant difference between the two groups.

CONCLUSIONS: Prolotherapy with dextrose and with prolozone result in the same pain relief or functional improvement in patients with mild to moderate KOA.

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