If you experience migraines for more than 15 days every month, Botox may be a viable procedure for treating your pain. While using Botox injections for migraines can be accompanied by neck stiffness and muscle weakness, it can be extremely effective at reducing the amount of migraines individuals experience and the severity of pain. Using Botox for migraine treatment is a relatively new approach.
The best way to determine if Botox is a viable procedure for treating your migraine pain is to consult a skilled spine specialist. Contact your local NJ Spine & Orthopedic branch to determine if this procedure is right for you.
In 2010, Botox was approved by the FDA for treating chronic migraines. Using Botox for migraines involves injecting the substance into specific areas of your head and neck that are suspected to be the cause of pain. These injections block neurotransmitters that instruct your muscles to contract and prevent chemicals from reaching your nerve endings and causing pain. Typically, Botox injections can provide pain relief from migraines for up to three months. Patients can expect to experience relief between 10-14 days after the initial injection.
The procedure can be an effective preventative treatment for stopping migraines, but the results can vary between individuals. However, many studies suggest that treating chronic migraines with Botox results in a significant reduction in headaches each month compared with placebo groups.
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Using Botox as a treatment for migraines can be accompanied by certain side effects. Some of the most common side effects of Botox include:
Most commonly, these are temporary side effects caused by the injection of a foreign substance into your body. Most people’s side effects will resolve within two days.
Whether or not Botox is a viable treatment for your migraines will depend on a variety of factors including your medical history and the severity of the migraines. Some things to consider when determining if Botox is right for your migraines include:
Ultimately, the best way to determine whether or not Botox is a good treatment plan for your migraines is to consult a skilled doctor.
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If you have been using conservative treatments for migraine pain but aren’t seeing results, it may be helpful to consult a spine surgeon to see if Botox is right for you. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, our surgeons are dedicated to treating your pain and helping you get your life back.
Our experienced and board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, and orthopedic specialists work together to treat spine and back disorders with minimally invasive techniques. Our doctors understand that every person is unique and requires a personalized treatment plan. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we treat people, not patients. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled spine experts, call (866) 272-9271 or fill out our online contact form.
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