Botox has been approved to treat Migraines by the FDA since 2010. The medication effectively blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters from sending pain signals to nerves before they can be transmitted to the brain.
Typical headaches, called tension headaches, can be treated with over-the-counter medications and relaxation techniques. Migraines, however, are often treated by avoiding triggers and specific migraine medications.
If you continue to experience headaches more then 15 days per month, 4 of which are severe migraines which prevent you from performing daily activities, you may be a candidate for Botox to help prevent migraines before they start.
After an initial consultation and assessment, Botox is injected into several shallow muscles in key areas of the head and neck known to cause migraines. This will typically reduce the number of migraine days per month by more then 50%. While the length of pain relief varies from individual to individual, the best practice is to have repeating treatments every 3-4 months to avoid relapse due to delayed treatment.
If you have chronic, debilitating migraines and want to find out if Botox is a good option for you, call Interventional Pain and Spine today to find out more.