Ozone Therapy for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Review and Case Report

Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2019 May 6;23(6):41. doi: 10.1007/s11916-019-0776-y.


Purpose of review: The world faces a crisis in pain management. CRPS is a multifaceted painful disorder, which is difficult to treat and resolve. Ozone therapy has unique mechanisms of actions that may directly address the emerging discoveries of factors related to pathogenesis of the disorder and other pain conditions. These include oxygenation, immune modulation, anti-infective properties, and anti-inflammatory properties. This review is to present ozone therapy as a novel approach for pain treatment, including CRPS.

Recent findings: Ozone therapy has been found, in basic science studies, to ameliorate many of the mechanisms promoting chronic pain and inflammation, including hypoxia, inflammatory mediators, and infection. Direct intravenous oxygen/ozone gas was administered nearly daily to an 11-year-old girl diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy and extremely frequent pseudoseizures. She rapidly improved. After 120 sessions, all symptoms had disappeared. Ozone's novel biochemical properties may make it a unique, safe, relatively inexpensive, and effective modality for the treatment of pain. In this particular case, it resolved the chronic condition when opiates were ineffective for even pain relief. Ozone therapy should be considered for institutional study despite its lack of financial reward (lack of patentability).

Perspective: This manuscript presents ozone therapy as a novel, safe, and inexpensive approach for RSD/CRPS, and an alternative to drugs. It is practiced worldwide and has abundant literature on its biochemical mechanisms, effectiveness for pain (and other conditions), and overall healing usefulness, yet little is known conventionally as it is not patentable.

Keywords: Complex regional pain syndrome; Ozone therapy; Pain management; Reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Intravenous
  • Child
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes / diagnosis*
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ozone / administration & dosage*
  • Pain Management / methods*


  • Ozone