Botox for Migraine
BOTOX® Medical Injections for migraine, neck spasms, myofascial pain, TMJ, and spasticity
Botox® has been used therapeutically for more than 17 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is approved in more than 75 countries and is one of the most widely researched medicines in the world. It is a muscle relaxant that has been shown to relieve muscle related pain and improve range of motion. Nearly 1 million patients worldwide have experienced pain relief from Botox.
Botox® injections are typically indicated for: muscle pain arising from chronic muscle spasm, neck pain in: cervival dystonia, migraine headaches, nerve disorders resulting in blepharospasm, spasticity related to stroke and other neurological disorders, and myofascial pain.
How does Botox® work?
Botox® works by blocking the release of a substance called acetylcholine from the junction between a nerve and muscle. Normally, acetylcholine binds to its receptor at this junction and causes a muscle contraction. When Botox® is injected into an area of chronic muscle spasm, acetylcholine is blocked, allowing the muscles to relax.
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How long does the effect last?
Botox® is administered directly to the desired site through an injection using a very small needle. The onset of relief occurs in about a week and typically lasts 3 months. After three months, the muscles may once again become overactive, so four injections per year are recommended. Long-term therapy with Botox® has been found to be very effective. Additionally, physical therapy can maximize the effects of Botox, helping to maintain flexibility and reduce the recurrence of spasms, so that Botox injections will no longer be needed.
Does Botox® help chronic migraines?
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Is Botox® covered by insurance?
Your insurance may cover the procedure for some medical problems such as chronic migraine, neck spasms (cervical dystonia), or spasticity.
Reimbursement assistance for those whose insurance does not cover it, or are otherwise unable to afford Botox® can be found at https://www.botoxreimbursement.us. You can also call 1-800-44-BOTOX for more information about insurance coverage.
Are there risks or side effects of Botox?
The FDA has approved BOTOX® neurotoxin to decrease the severity of abnormal head position and neck pain associated with cervical dystonia (CD; also known as spasmodic torticollis).
BOTOX® is also FDA approved to treat blepharospasm (eyelid spasms), and strabismus (crossed eyes), primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), chronic migraine headaches (>14 headache days a month) and upper limb spasticity seen in patients with stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury. In fact, BOTOX® was originally used to target medical problems before its popularity in cosmetics.
Once you receive BOTOX® neurotoxin treatment, you’ll start to feel the benefits soon, usually within a few days to a couple of weeks after receiving BOTOX®. This relief may last for up to 3 months. BOTOX® injections are performed every 90 days. This may be covered by your insurance.
We can also use Botox to treat chronic TMJ but insurance does not cover for this diagnosis.