Botulinum toxin has been a widely used injection treatment for various chronic conditions. Botox is a purified protein extracted from Botulinum toxin and that protein helps relax painful and overactive muscles. Botox treatment is more often known for its effect on wrinkles and cosmetics treatments, but botox treatment for chronic pain is also having beneficial effects.
Botox is beneficial for multiple chronic conditions which may include the following;
- Chronic neck pain
- Chronic back pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Nerve pain
- Tension headache
How botox injection is given?
Botox injection is directly given into the affected muscles. Doctor will first determine the muscle which I need to be treated with botox then he will start the procedure.
Preparing for botox injection
If you’re not satisfied with your conservative treatments for your painful medical condition and considering about botox treatment for chronic pain then you should tell your specialist about all medicines you’re taking currently. Your specialist may ask you to stop certain medications for few days before the botox treatment for your chronic pain in order to avoid possible side effects. You may also be asked to stay away from drinking alcohol for few days or even up to two weeks before the treatment procedure because drinking alcohol increases the risk of bleeding at the injection site.
How does Botox treatment works?
Botox binds with nerve-muscle junctions and blocks and blocks the nerve causing painful muscle contraction. Botox treatment for chronic pain starts showing its effects around two to four weeks after the injection. And you may get relief from pain for year or more.
If there is any post-injection cares?
You may go home immediately after your botox treatment for chronic pain since there is no need of a recovery period for botox injections. You must keep in mind that massaging or rubbing the injected area for at least 24 hours after getting botox treatment is harmful because by doing this you might spread the injected substance to unwanted areas where it can cause side effects. Many people experience pain relief after few days of their treatment and the relief can last from months to a year. However, pain relief is not permanent after botox treatment for chronic pain and repeated injections are required for long-term relief.
Benefits of botox treatment for chronic pain
Chronic muscle spasm is stopped by injecting the botulinum toxin directly into the affected muscle. The pain symptoms you have experienced are also diminished. The side effects associated with systemic treatments for chronic pain are also avoided.
Botox treatment for chronic pain is relatively a safe procedure but it carries some risks like;
- Allergic reaction to the Botox substance
- Bruising (for few days) around the injected area
- Tenderness at the injection site
Pain management institute helps people to cure their acute and chronic long term pain to resume a normal life style.