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Botox Specialist

Michigan Pain Specialists

Pain Management located in Ypsilanti, MI & Adrian, MI

Migraine headaches can be so frequent and severe that they make it impossible to lead a normal life. If you experience multiple migraines every month, the Michigan Pain Specialists team can help using Botox®. At their locations in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan, the highly qualified team expertly administers Botox injections to reduce your migraines and lessen their severity. Call Michigan Pain Specialists for more information or book an appointment online today.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is a drug best known for its role in aesthetic treatments, but it has many medical uses as well. With Botox, it's possible to treat a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

Your provider at Michigan Pain Specialists injects Botox into the affected area, where it disrupts the pain signals sent between the nerves in your skull and your brain.

Chemicals called neurotransmitters transmit these pain signals, but Botox prevents them from reaching the nerve endings around your head and neck.

What conditions can Botox treat?

Botox could be a useful treatment for several conditions, including:

  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Neuropathic pain from a spinal cord injury
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Pain related to stroke
  • Neuralgia following surgery
  • Cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis or wry neck)

However, the primary use of Botox is in treating migraines.

How does Botox help with migraines?

Migraines are severe, recurring headaches that can have a devastating impact on your quality of life. Migraines are only an occasional problem for some, but normal life is impossible for others due to the frequency of these disabling headaches.

Nausea and vomiting, light and sound sensitivity, fatigue, and visual disturbances or aura are also common during a migraine attack.

Botox isn't a frontline treatment for migraines. Avoiding triggers is crucial, and there are several medications available by prescription that help prevent migraines and reduce their severity. You might also get relief from acupuncture, relaxation, and biofeedback.

If you have a history of migraines (at least eight each month) and other treatments aren't helping, you might be a good candidate for Botox injections.

How many Botox injections would I need?

Your provider at Michigan Pain Specialists tailors your treatment to your individual needs, but typically people get several Botox injections in their head and neck at intervals every 12 weeks.

You might need as many as 30-40 shots in total. In general, your provider injects equal quantities into each side of your head, but if your migraine pain is particularly bad in one place, you might get extra injections there.

It typically takes 2-3 weeks to start seeing results. Research conducted on people who receive Botox injections for migraines shows that the treatment successfully reduces the number of attacks, often by as much as 50%.

To find out whether Botox could help relieve your pain, call Michigan Pain Specialists today or book an appointment online.