Botox has been used for decades to erase signs of aging. However, Botox injections can be a powerful tool for patients who suffer form chronic neck pain and migraines. By harnessing the power of Botox, the experienced doctors at OmniSpine Pain Management can provide long-lasting relief for patients who no longer wish to rely on pain medications in order to manage their symptoms.
How does Botox address neck pain?
Botox is a created by purifying a form of the botulinum toxin type A. This substance can be used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles. That same paralytic effect can help reduce neck pain by targeting chronically contracted muscles. By injecting Botox into the responsible neck muscles and participating in combination physical therapy, patients have been shown to enjoy a significant reduction in pain for months at a time. Botox injections are not permanent because the substance dissipates within the span of 3-6 months, so patients may require repeated injections in order to maintain the pain relief results.
Are there any negative side effects of Botox injections?
Because Botox works by temporarily paralyzing certain muscles, there are some side effects patients should be aware of before undergoing Botox treatments for neck pain. Common side effects may include muscle weakness near the injection site, difficulty swallowing, muscle stiffness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, among others. You may also notice bruising, swelling, or redness at the injection site. As with any time the skin is pierced by an injection, there is a chance for infection. Most patients will only experience mild injection site side effects that will dissipate within a few hours or days.
How long does Botox last when used to address pain symptoms?
Botox will naturally be metabolized by your body over time. This means that the results you achieve with your Botox injections for chronic neck pain will eventually dissipate. Botox results typically last anywhere from 3-6 months depending on the individual. In addition to being used for aesthetic procedures, Botox has been shown to be useful for patients suffering from chronic migraines, cervical dystonia, and neck muscle stiffness and spasms sometimes called spasticity. The duration of Botox’s effectiveness is generally the same regardless of what it is used for.
Is using Botox better than reliance on oral medications?
Botox is an excellent treatment option for patients for whom oral pain medication has previously been the only option. Botox injections are extremely localized and do not have many of the more serious implications as consistent reliance on pharmaceuticals. Botox injections are not associated with fatigue, dizziness, sedation, or addiction. If you have previous relied on prescription medications to manage your chronic neck pain, Botox may be the better answer to your pain management needs.
If you live in the Mesquite or Frisco, TX areas and are suffering with chronic neck pain, contact OmniSpine Pain Management today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced pain specialists. We are proud to offer Botox injections as a safe and minimally invasive treatment option for people suffering from chronic neck pain or spasticity.