The use of radon baths in the rehabilitation of patients with osteochondrosis
Polshchakova T., Gushcha S., Bevz L., Plakida A. The use of radon baths in the rehabilitation of patients with osteochondrosis. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2022; 26 (17): 6107-6109.
Objective: One of the most common methods of rehabilitation for this disease is balneotherapy. Radon therapy is one of the types of balneotherapy based on radon radiation (Rn) for therapeutic, prophylactic, and rehabilitation purposes. A significant number of authors report a positive effect of radon baths on the condition of patients with osteochondrosis. Some authors report the absence of a real therapeutic effect when using radon therapy. The work aimed at investigating the therapeutic efficacy of radon baths in patients suffering from osteochondrosis.
Patients and methods: We examined 40 patients with osteochondrosis of various parts of the spine with radicular syndrome. The patients were randomly divided into two groups of 20 people with an equal number of men and women. The study group received a course of balneotherapy using radon water (general baths at a temperature of 34-36°C, duration 10-15 minutes, every other day, No. 10). The control group received balneotherapy using ordinary tap water in the same regimen to decrease placebo effects.
Results: Decreased pain and movement difficulties were observed only in the study group. These changes refer only to the spine but not to the joints of the extremities.
Conclusions: Our studies have shown that using radon baths helps to reduce pain and increase the mobility of the spine in patients with osteochondrosis. These data substantiate the prospects for further research of this technique in the complex rehabilitation of osteochondrosis.