Using Botox for Chronic Pain

If you thought Botox was just for looking younger, you may be surprised to learn that it can also play an important role in relieving chronic pain in many patients. When Botox first came on the market several years ago, it was primarily used in cosmetic surgery procedures, but that is beginning to change. Many pain management professionals are finding that Botox injections can help to reduce the muscle contractions that accompany various conditions.

Used mostly in the treatment of back pain, neck pain and headaches, Botox has shown promise as an additional aid in the fight against chronic pain. Not only does it help alleviate pain, but it also can improve a patient’s range of motion in the affected area. Although Botox has been effective in pain management, it’s not for everyone. Avoid Botox if you:

• Are allergic to Botox or any of the ingredients in Botox
• Have asthma or other breathing difficulties
• Have bleeding issues
• Have problems swallowing
• Have had surgery on your face or plan to have surgery in the near future

There are other considerations as well. For example, people on some medications should not have Botox injections and those with certain diseases (such as ALS) should avoid it as well. The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for this revolutionary new pain management technique is to speak with your doctor and the medical professionals at a pain management center. They will be able to look at your individual medical history and decide whether Botox is right for you.

If you’d like to read more, visit the full article here. If you’re interested how Interventional Pain Associates may be able to help you using Botox treatment, give us a call.

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