Purpose: Trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis (TMC-OA) is a prevalent hand disorder affecting a growing number of people worldwide. While a multidisciplinary approach might provide additional advantages, the analgesic and anti-inflammatory role of intra-articular oxygen-ozone (O2O3) injections combined with physical therapy is still unknown. To assess the impact of a multimodal therapeutic approach combining O2O3 injections with physical therapy in patients with TMC-OA. Materials and methods: A prospective open-label study conducted in the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Unit of the "Renato Dulbecco" University Hospital of Catanzaro. We assessed patients with TMC-OA who had not responded to standard medical therapy. Participants received O2O3 therapy and targeted physical therapy for 4 weeks. Pain relief, muscle strength, and physical functioning were assessed at baseline and after 4, 12 and 24 weeks (respectively T0, T1, T2, and T3). Results: Seventeen patients with a mean age of 67.1 ± 6.1 years were included in the study. Short-term improvements in pain intensity were observed (T0: 6.221 ± 1.514; T1: 3.172 ± 1.1451; p < .001) and were maintained over a 24-week follow-up period (T0: 6.221 ± 1.514; T3: 4.393 ± 1.438; p: 0.006). Significant changes were reported also in terms of muscle strength and physical functioning. O2O3 therapy was well-tolerated with no adverse effects. Conclusions: A combination of O2O3 injections and physical therapy might be considered in patients with TMC-OA. Further investigation is warranted to assess the effectiveness of O2O3 therapy in managing TMC-OA.

Oxygen-ozone therapy for pain relief in patients with trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis: a proof-of-concept study

de Sire, Alessandro;Marotta, Nicola;Drago Ferrante, Vera;Ammendolia, Antonio
2024-01-01

Abstract

Purpose: Trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis (TMC-OA) is a prevalent hand disorder affecting a growing number of people worldwide. While a multidisciplinary approach might provide additional advantages, the analgesic and anti-inflammatory role of intra-articular oxygen-ozone (O2O3) injections combined with physical therapy is still unknown. To assess the impact of a multimodal therapeutic approach combining O2O3 injections with physical therapy in patients with TMC-OA. Materials and methods: A prospective open-label study conducted in the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Unit of the "Renato Dulbecco" University Hospital of Catanzaro. We assessed patients with TMC-OA who had not responded to standard medical therapy. Participants received O2O3 therapy and targeted physical therapy for 4 weeks. Pain relief, muscle strength, and physical functioning were assessed at baseline and after 4, 12 and 24 weeks (respectively T0, T1, T2, and T3). Results: Seventeen patients with a mean age of 67.1 ± 6.1 years were included in the study. Short-term improvements in pain intensity were observed (T0: 6.221 ± 1.514; T1: 3.172 ± 1.1451; p < .001) and were maintained over a 24-week follow-up period (T0: 6.221 ± 1.514; T3: 4.393 ± 1.438; p: 0.006). Significant changes were reported also in terms of muscle strength and physical functioning. O2O3 therapy was well-tolerated with no adverse effects. Conclusions: A combination of O2O3 injections and physical therapy might be considered in patients with TMC-OA. Further investigation is warranted to assess the effectiveness of O2O3 therapy in managing TMC-OA.
2024
Trapeziometacarpal arthritis
intra-articular injection
osteoarthritis
oxygen-ozone therapy
pain management
physical therapy
rehabilitation
rhizoarthrosis
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12317/94262
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 0
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact