Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX) Type A is a muscle relaxant derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. In controlled doses, it can provide safe, effective relief from a number of conditions.
Pain management with BOTOX injections allows pain physicians to effectively treat many forms of chronic pain. Because treatment involves just a few simple injections, most patients are eligible for treatment. The best way to determine if BOTOX therapy can be used as an alternative to other forms of chronic pain control is to discuss your individual case with a physician. By carefully analyzing your nerve pain, back pain, or other chronic ailment, a physician will be able to determine if botulinum toxin, the protein that makes up BOTOX injections, can help ease your pain and give you the relief you need. BOTOX treatment is distinctive because of its ability to treat a specific target area. These injections can be administered quickly and have fast-acting, long-lasting results.
Nearly 1 million people worldwide have experienced pain relief from BOTOX. Long-term therapy with BOTOX has been found to be safe and very effective.
Conditions treated using BOTOX Therapy
- Headaches & Migraines
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Myofascial Spasm
- Cerebral Palsy
Botox injections are relatively safe when performed by an experienced doctor. The most common side effects include swelling or bruising at the injection site, headache or flu-like symptoms. If the injections aren’t placed correctly, the medication may spread into adjacent tissues and cause problems such as
- Eyelid droop
- Cockeyed eyebrows
- Crooked smile
- Dry eye or excessive tearing
Although very unlikely, there is a possibility that the effect of botulinum toxin may spread to other parts of the body and cause botulism-like signs and symptoms. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these effects hours to weeks after receiving Botox
- Muscle weakness all over the body
- Vision problems
- Trouble speaking or swallowing
- Trouble breathing
- Loss of bladder control
During the procedure
Your doctor uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles. The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the extent of the area being treated. Botox injections are usually done in a doctor’s office.
After the procedure
Expect to resume your normal daily activities right after the procedure. Take care, though, not to rub or massage the treated areas. This can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area.
Botulinum toxin injections usually begin working a few days after treatment. Depending on the problem being treated, the effect may last for three to 12 months. To maintain the effect, you’ll need regular follow-up injections