botox for pain
Most everyone has heard about Botox and the way it can help a person achieve and maintain a more youthful look for longer. Did you know that it can be used for more, though? Many people don’t realize that Botox injections can be used to help correct crossed eyes, reduce spasms and even manage chronic pain conditions.
What makes Botox great for these applications is the same thing that makes it great for reducing wrinkles. Botox works by relaxing the muscles that it is injected into. In the face, this relaxation means that new wrinkles cannot be formed and existing wrinkles cannot be deepened. When used in another context, such as pain management, this relaxation helps to release built up and excessive tensions which contribute to ongoing pain.
By using a number of diagnostic tests, we can determine the muscle or muscle groups that are the source of your pain. From there, the treatment is fairly straightforward and very similar to Botox treatments for wrinkling. A series of injections is placed into the muscle or series of muscles associated with the pain. Botox wears off by itself and so repeated injections may be needed, but it typically lasts several weeks to months as compared to pain pills which only last a few hours.
Some pain conditions that can be successfully treated with Botox are: