Milwaukee Botox Injections for Pain Relief
How Botox Ends Chronic Pain and Migraines
Botox therapy is a non-invasive, FDA approved pain relief method offered by Dr. Neal Pollack at the Neurology & Pain Treatment Center in Milwaukee. Derived from botulinum toxin, Botox acts as a relaxant when injected into muscles. Often used to cosmetically remove fine lines and wrinkles, this treatment has another advantage: Botox has helped countless patients experience relief from their chronic pain conditions.
What is Botox therapy?
Tight muscles cause migraine headaches, torticollis and myofascial pain syndromes throughout the body. They send out a neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, to signal pain. Botox injections stop these signals by relaxing the muscles. Once these target muscles are identified, Botox is directed into the muscle belly. The result is relaxed muscles, decreased inflammation in the surrounding area, and pain relief. This works best for chronic pain and migraines.
What does Botox treat?
Other than wrinkles, Botox injections have been shown to relieve chronic pain symptoms in patients. This includes relief for:
- Migraine and headaches
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
There are many other chronic pain symptoms which Botox therapy may relieve. A consultation with Dr. Pollack will determine if Botox injections are the right treatment plan for your medical condition.
Benefits of Botox Treatment
Botox injections are performed on an outpatient basis using a very small needle. Depending on the extent of the problem, the procedure typically requires 20 minutes, including preparation and recovery time. You’ll want to avoid strenuous activity for a few hours after the injection(s). Otherwise, you are free to leave once the procedure is over.
An added benefit of Botox injections is the ability to avoid the operating room. Surgery is often a last resort for pain relief. Botox therapy is a chance to stay away from going under. There’s no need for general anesthetic or invasive surgery when you receive Botox injections for your specific condition.
Side Effects and Possible Risks of Botox
As an injection, Botox therapy can cause bruising. Patients on blood thinners are most likely to experience bruising. Smoking, alcohol, and aspirin-based medications also increase the chances of a bruise forming. Using an ice pack at the injection site will prevent bruising.
Allergic reactions to Botox are rare. Discuss with your doctor if there is a chance you are allergic. Dr. Pollack has many Botox-free pain relief alternatives including prolotherapy. Other rare side effects include tenderness at the injection site, nausea, and sweating. These should pass relatively quickly.
How often are Botox procedures needed?
In general, the injections from Botox therapy usually last several months and may need to be repeated. How each patient responds to treatment will vary. Some conditions may need two treatments to achieve a full effect. Time between injections range from 3 to 4 months.
Botox injections for migraine relief should be given every three months for continued results.
What are the expected results of Botox?
Botox injections are very successful in relieving pain. The benefit from these injections will typically occur seven days following the procedure. When combined with other therapeutic measures the results are often long lasting.
It may take a few days for the full effects of Botox therapy to become apparent. Some patients experience immediate relief while others may need a week for full results.
Affordable Botox Treatment
Since Botox is usually associated with cosmetic procedures, many health insurance plans do not include coverage for this treatment. Surgical pain relief options are far more expensive than Botox injections. Learn more about pricing with a consultation with Dr. Pollack.
The sooner you schedule a personal consultation, the sooner you will find an answer to your chronic pain. If Botox is not right for you, the Neurology & Pain Treatment Center offers prolotherapy, osteopathic manipulation, and spinal decompression therapy to help you find relief.