Botox® injections are most famous for helping erase lines, wrinkles, and other visible signs of aging. However, at RehabOne Medical Group, with locations in Los Gatos, San Jose, Gilroy, and Salinas, California, our care team uses Botox to effectively treat patients with chronic pain and migraine issues. Here's what you need to know about medical Botox.
Botox is derived from botulinum toxin. While this toxin is normally a dangerous substance ― in fact, it’s typically found in spoiled food ― the formulation used in Botox is safe and not strong enough to cause damage.
Injections of Botox work to block the chemical signals that travel between your nerves and muscles. Botox selectively and temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscles, causing them to relax. For patients looking for anti-aging results, Botox can be used to reduce the appearance of certain types of facial wrinkles by relaxing semi-contracted muscles that push up the skin above them. While most people are familiar with the cosmetic uses of Botox, it has many medical applications as well.
The Food and Drug Administration recommends Botox as a pain relief tool for patients with chronic migraines and other chronic pain issues. Botox injections can even prevent or reduce the frequency of migraines.
The signal-blocking abilities of Botox can reduce or eliminate pain symptoms for up to two months. The effects usually begin within a few days of treatment. And you can get further injections if the pain returns.
The RehabOne Medical Group team often recommends Botox injections for a number of conditions, including:
Before treating you with Botox, we will conduct a full review of your symptoms and medical history to make sure the procedure is right for you. If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have certain medical conditions, we might recommend other options for treating your chronic pain problems.
When you get your injections, we will deliver the Botox serum to strategic points in your skin or muscles. A typical treatment usually only takes 10-20 minutes, and there’s no downtime. You can go right back to your normal activities after treatment.
We also usually recommend to patients who are getting Botox injections for pain relief that they also undergo helpful therapies, such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and massage.
If you have chronic pain and want to see if Botox injections can help you, book an appointment over the phone with RehabOne Medical Group today.