Many people have heard of Botox for its cosmetic applications, but it has also been shown to have a number of benefits for pain conditions. Some of the most dramatic pain-relieving effects from Botox have been shown to occur with chronic migraine headaches. That’s why we’re happy to present this information – in hopes that it will help you live pain free.
Migraine headaches are a potentially debilitating condition that may include a variety of symptoms – beyond just headaches. There are a number of medications that could potentially relieve some symptoms of migraines, but these medications unfortunately aren’t effective for everyone. This is where Botox comes in.
What are the symptoms of migraines?
Symptoms vary for each patient, but may include:
- Pain on one or both sides of your head
- Sensitivity to light, sounds, and sometimes smell and touch
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Neck stiffness
- Aura, which may include a number of symptoms, including: seeing bright spots or flashes of light, vision loss, pins and needles in an arm or leg, hearing noises, limb or facial weakness
What is Botox? How does it work?
Botox (technically called OnabotulinumtoxinA, and also botulinum toxin type A) is actually produced from bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. This drug has the ability to relax muscles, which is one of the major reasons it has been effective for reducing wrinkles. It also has the ability to decrease nerve firing in certain pain pathways, which is one of the major reasons for its effectiveness in migraines. Researchers are also beginning to uncover other ways in which Botox may reduce discomfort for a variety of other painful conditions.
Who can benefit from Botox treatments for migraine headaches?
Specifically, Botox is approved for patients at least 18 years of age who experience migraine episodes for at least 15 days per month and at least 4 hours per episode. However, patients with less frequent migraines may also be candidates for this treatment.
How is the Botox administered?
The treatment requires injections to specified areas with a very small needle. Most people describe the feeling as a tiny pinprick. These injections usually need to be repeated every 12 weeks, for at least 5 treatment sessions, depending on the needs of the patient.
What are the risks of Botox for migraine headaches?
Botox has been shown to be very safe for treatment of migraines. There are almost no irreversible long-term side effects associated with these treatments. Short-term side effects are uncommon, but may include neck pain, eyelid drooping, weakness in injected muscles, or hypertension.
Why get my migraine treatment at Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine?
In addition to having clinicians experienced in performing Botox injections for migraine headaches, we offer a variety of other services that may also reduce your symptoms. Many patients also benefit from massage, acupuncture, and an individual physical therapy program. These services are all available at our multidisciplinary clinic in Ramsey, NJ – call us at 201-962-9199 to schedule a consultation.
At Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine, we specialize in nonsurgical pain management, and migraines are just one of the many conditions we diagnose and treat in our Ramsey, NJ medical center. For more information, please see our full list of our nonsurgical services, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.
We look forward to being your #1 solution for nonsurgical pain treatment.