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Revista Cubana de Medicina

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BENITEZ CEDENO, Ernesto; ALBERTERIS RODRIGUEZ, Alberto  e  RODRIGUEZ HERNANDEZ, Raisa. Rectal ozone therapy in patients with osteoarthritis. Rev cubana med [online]. 2020, vol.59, n.1, e1323.  Epub 01-Mar-2020. ISSN 0034-7523.


Osteoarthritis is one of the main causes of pain and disability worldwide. Ozone therapy acts as a therapeutic means, improves the quality of articular cartilage, reduces the resulting inflammation and has modulating properties of the immune system.


To evaluate the results of rectal ozone therapy in patients with osteoarthritis.


A prospective descriptive study was carried out in the Rheumatology Service of Lucía Iñiguez Landín Surgical Clinical Hospital, in Holguín from July 2017 to February 2019. One hundred one patients consisted the study population. Sixty patients formed the sample, selected according to a simple random sampling.


The most affected joint was the knee in 100% of the studied patients. The highest number of patients had moderate physical disability (53.3%) at the start of treatment and at 3 months later, mild disability predominated (26.6%). It was possible to reduce the use of pain relievers occasionally at the end of treatment.


The therapeutic effect of transrectal ozone therapy was very good in patients with functional disability due to osteoarthritis.

Palavras-chave : Osteoarthritis; ozone therapy; disability.

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