Botox is most famously thought of as a treatment to get rid of wrinkles, but many people don’t realize that it is also used to treat pain in the head and neck from migraines. Here we will discuss exactly how Botox works, its various uses, and specifically how it can be helpful in treating migraine headaches and neck pain.
Botox is the most popular commercial treatment that uses botulinum toxin to effectively paralyzing targeted muscle activity for a limited amount of time. These injections are most often associated with cosmetic procedures (for example, injecting Botox into the face to tighten existing wrinkles), but they can also be used to treat pain conditions.
Botox injections have been shown to provide pain relief to patients suffering from chronic migraines (more than 14 migraine headaches per month). The FDA approved using Botox for migraines back in 2010. These injections may not work for everyone with chronic migraines, but they are another treatment option to explore with your physician.
The procedure itself is quick and relatively pain free. Your physician injects small amounts of the toxin into the appropriate muscles in the neck and head. Patients are able to resume everyday activities right after the procedure. Depending on your particular situation you may need numerous injections over time for them to be effective. Regular follow up injections will likely be necessary for long term relief. Most patients experience relief within two to three days.
If you are suffering from migraines and/or neck pain, Botox may be able to help reduce your pain and get you back to living your life to the fullest. The pain management physicians at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of Minnesota are trained in the use of Botox for pain conditions. Contact our clinic today to set up your appointment.