What is Botulinum Toxin (Botox)
Botox is a form of a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. It is used in specific areas to temporarily reduce muscle contractions for almost 3 months. Doctors use it in small doses to treat health problems like Migraine, Cervical Dystonia, Spasticity.
What are Botox Injections?
Botox injections are a type of injection that works for migraine headaches by blocking neurotransmitters, that are chemicals in your brain that carry pain signals.
Botox is the FDA-approved method for chronic migraines (headaches for 15 or more days a month). This procedure is more effective for those who have more frequent headaches. Botox is not recommended for patients who experience fewer than 15 headache days a month.
How does Botox work?
Botox injections prevents some chemical nerve signals from causing muscles to contract. These injections can help patients with chronic migraines reduce the frequency of their headaches as well as the debilitating symptoms that come with them.
Botox is injected in key muscle areas of the head and neck around the pain fibers involved in headaches. The Botox enters the nerve endings where it blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission, thereby preventing the activation of pain networks in the brain. Each treatment of Botox typically lasts for 10-12 weeks.
What Conditions does Botox Treat?
Botox can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions including cervical dystonia, chronic migraine, muscle contractures, and more.
Chronic Migraine is one that lasts at least 15 headache days per month with at least eight of those days have migraine-like symptoms. In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States approved Botox for the preventative treatment of chronic migraine. Botox is prescribed for people with persistent migraines who experience at least 15 headaches per month that last for four hours or more.
Botox is used for the treatment of cervical dystonia as it is a condition where your neck muscles spasm uncontrollably, causing your head to turn or twist to one side.
Botox enters nerve cells, where it releases an enzyme that stops muscles from contracting. it works effectively on symptoms of spasticity like muscle contraction or muscle stiffness. it has been used safely on a number of patients.
Botox uses botulinum toxin to prevent nerve signals that cause sweating, preventing sweat glands from producing excessive amounts of sweat.
Effects of Botox on Migraine Headaches?
If you experience migraine attacks that last 15 days or longer a month that last for 4 hours a day or longer then there are high chances that you doctor might recommend Botox as a treatment because Botox reduces the neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from the brain. Botox is considered to be effective for treating the migraine headaches.
When you have migraines then your body releases chemicals like neurotransmitters that is somehow related to pain. Botox prevents these chemicals from transmit, which normally occur where the nerves and muscles intersect.
Indications and Usage
BOTOX is a neuromuscular blocking agent and acetylcholine release inhibitor indicated for:
- Headache prophylaxis in adults patients that are suffering from chronic migraine
- Treatment of upper limb spasticity in adult patients
- Adult patients with cervical dystonia may benefit from treatment to lessen the severity of their abnormal head positions and neck pain.
- Treatment of excessive sweating in adult patients that is uncontrolled by topical agents
Techniques of Botox Injections
Botox Injections are often carried out in the presence of the doctor or medical practitioner at doctor’s office. doctor or medical practitioner will inject very small doses of Botox into your skin or muscles using a fine needle. Botox treatments typically take less than 5 minutes. How many injections required for the treatment depends on situation.
Practices for Botox Aftercare
When you take the Botox Injection then your doctor or medical practitioner may provide you botox post treatment instructions for at least three hours and more hours as it depends on your doctor or medical practitioner. There are many botox aftercare instructions but some of them are mentioned below.
- Avoid physical pressure on the treated area
- Avoid doing massage on the affected area
- Try to take rest for the day
- Avoid doing makeup for at least a day
- Avoid rigorous exercise activities
- Touch you face with soft hand
Botox Treatment Procedure at Kansas Pain Management
Kansas Pain Management provides comprehensive interventional pain management services for patients. When you come to us for Botox injections, we make sure that the Botox procedure is less painful and won’t last more than a few minutes.
At Kansas Pain Management, you can expect that your Botox treatment will take about 5 minutes. A very tiny needle that feels like a pinprick is used by our doctor. He or she injects small amounts of Botox into shallow muscles in the skin. Each treatment normally involves injections in crucial areas of the head and neck.
Botox Treatment Process at Kansas Pain Management is carried out by the award-winning physicians that have many years of experience in the field. Botox is minimally painful procedure, and if you are not comfortable with the pain, discuss other options with providers.