While Botox is used for treating cosmetic issues like frown lines, it is also very beneficial for reducing pain, migraines and spasms. Botox injections work by blocking neurotransmissions to muscles. When the brain sends a signal for a muscle to contract, Botox can block the receptors in the nerves from receiving these signals. This can result in a relaxed muscle, reducing pain and dysfunction. Chronic pain is often associated with muscle and nerve disorders. Muscle contractions and tightness can trigger pain symptoms, which is why Botox injections often can provide relief. Some of the conditions that may respond well to Botox treatment include:
- Chronic muscle spasms
- Cervical dystonia that causes neck pain
- Myofascial pain
- Nerve disorders that cause muscle spasms
Botox injections can be completed in a quick office visit and usually have no pain or side effects. The muscle relaxation effect can take up to a week to occur and may last 3-4 months before another treatment is needed to sustain results. Botox injections are one of the many different treatment modalities we offer at Airport Plaza Spine & Wellness for chronic pain management. If you have suffered from ongoing pain from muscle spasms or migraines, Botox injections may be one of the treatments used in a comprehensive rehabilitation plan we recommend for managing your pain.