Botox® is a muscle relaxant that continues to be widely used for people suffering from chronic muscle spasms and migraines. When an injection of Botox® is administered between a nerve and a muscle, it blocks the release of acetylcholine (a substance that causes a muscle contraction) and causes the muscle to relax. With ultrasound guidance, Botox® is injected precisely into the desired area. Usually, relief from the muscular pain happens within a week or two. Botox® typically lasts for about three months. After that the muscle becomes overactive again, so four injections a year are recommended. Physical therapy can also be used in conjunction with Botox® in order to maximize the benefits and help with ongoing flexibility to reduce muscles spasms. Long term use of Botox® for pain due to chronic muscle spasms has been shown to be very effective with minimal side effects such as soreness or swelling right after the injection.
Botox as a Muscle Relaxant for Cerebral Palsy
Botox® for chronic migraines is actually a preventive treatment that’s injected by a physician every 12 weeks that on an average stops 8-9 migraines. If you are an adult suffering from chronic migraines (15 or more headaches a month lasting more then 4 hours at a time), Botox® may be the right treatment for you. As with all our procedures, the injections are done in office. The needles are small and each treatment usually consists of 31 injections that are centered in the forehead, side of the head and neck. Click here for important safety information concerning Botox®.