You Can Prevent Headaches with Botox

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Botox Injection

Botox® is well-known as a cosmetic surgery procedure for wrinkles. However, it has other purposes, including pain management. As a pain reliever, Botox works by relaxing the muscles contributing to pain. This is how Botox helps manage headaches, particularly chronic migraines.

What Type of Headaches Can Botox Help?

Chronic migraines are the worse kind of headaches. They can get so painful that they become debilitating, profoundly affecting your quality of life.
Chronic migraines are when you experience migraine symptoms two weeks or more out of the month. If you suffer from chronic migraines, you can get Botox injections to prevent attacks from occurring.

How Does Botox Prevent Migraines?

Botox affects the pathway to nerve endings, blocking the release of neurotransmitters, which carry pain signals from the brain. Therefore, the “pain” never reaches the nerve endings around your neck and head.

The Botox Treatment Procedure

A session of injections is brief. Injections can occur anywhere along your head (upper bridge above the nose, temples, forehead and the back of the head) and shoulders (neck and upper back), depending on where you feel the most pain.

Botox is an easy, non-invasive procedure, meaning most patients can resume their day as usual after the treatment without any issues. However, you may experience short-term side effects like minor swelling or bruising at the injection sites and a temporary headache – all of which go away within days.

It may take up to fourteen days to begin experiencing relief after treatment, and the results last for about twelve weeks, with some patients experiencing relief for up to six months. If you do feel pain, it will be less severe and easier to control with acute treatments.

Botox treatments can also help reduce other migraine attack symptoms, including vomiting, nausea and sensitivity to sounds, lights and smells.

You may need to get the treatment every three to six months to maintain your pain relief. For some, a couple of rounds of treatments are necessary to begin reaping the benefits.

Function Better After Botox

Botox could be your solution to more symptom-free days, allowing you to function better overall. To find out more and see if you can treat your headaches with Botox, contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute to schedule a consultation.

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