Botox® for Head and Neck Pain
Botox® for Chronic Migraine
Botox® botulinum toxin) is an effective injection treatment for chronic migraines.
Chronic migraine is a condition that is characterized by pain affecting one side of the head accompanied by a pulsating or throbbing sensation. It is associated with moderate to severe pain.
Migraines can be aggravated by physical activity as well by one’s menstrual cycle. Nausea, vomiting, and photosensitivity can also be associated with this condition.
Indications for Botox treatment of chronic migraines include 15 or more headache days per month lasting approximately 4 hours or more each day in individuals over 18 years of age.
What to Expect
Botox treatment helps provide relief for pain, but also reduces the frequency of migraines. The neurologist uses a very small needle to inject small amounts of Botox into shallow muscles in the head and neck.
The Botox enters the area around nerve endings and interferes with or blocks the neurotransmitters associated with pain.
After treatment, one should not touch their face, go to sleep, get a massage, or work out for about four hours. Doing so may lead to spread of the toxin which, in turn, may cause facial weakness.
There may be soreness at the injection site. Warm compresses and acetaminophen or ibuprofen help.
How Often Will I Need Treatment?
Treatment for chronic migraines is given every 3 months. The effect of treatment is usually seen within 1-2 weeks of the injection. The best results are usually experienced after the 2nd or 3rd treatment. Patients experience a reduced frequency and severity of headaches.
Botox is an effective injection treatment for cervical dystonia sufferers.
Cervical dystonia is also known as spasmodic torticollis. The condition is associated with involuntary neck muscle contraction with the head being twisted to one side or the other. It is typically associated with pain and headaches and can arise spontaneously or may be related to injuries of the neck or shoulder.
Cervical dystonia is also associated with neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. The condition is not curable; however, it can be treated with Botox. Medications for cervical dystonia are typically ineffective.
What to Expect
Treatments vary depending on which muscles are affected, the severity of the condition, and the level of pain a patient is experiencing.
The doctor determines the necessary dosage and uses a tiny needle to inject the Botox into the affected muscles.
The Botox will block the signals that come from the brain that cause a muscle to contract.
This helps reduce the frequency of muscle contractions and aids in the reduction of pain and stiffness.
How often do I need to get treated?
Improvement of erectile dysfunction symptoms may last from 1 to 2 years. The results can be quite dramatic in many cases but do vary from patient to patient. Most patients experience benefits within one to three months.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Most individuals do not have side effects. However, in those individuals who do, the following can be seen: