Best known for its effect on lines and wrinkles, Botox® is also a valuable treatment for certain types of chronic pain. The experienced physicians at Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists expertly deliver Botox injections at their offices in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois. If you have a condition like cervical dystonia, migraine headaches, or myofascial pain, Botox injections could help. Call Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists or book an appointment online today.
Botox is a type of neurotoxin that millions of people across the United States have been using for decades to address cosmetic issues like crow’s feet around the eyes.
However, before Botox became the leading aesthetic injectable, pain management specialists used it to treat certain forms of chronic pain.
Medical Botox is a substance derived from the botulinum toxin. This toxin is a naturally occurring poison, exposure to which causes paralysis. However, after its refinement into Botox, it becomes a safe medicine for use by qualified, experienced providers like the team at Stellar Pain and Spine.
Botox disrupts the signals that your nerve endings send to the muscles they control. Transmission of these signals depends on a chemical called acetylcholine, which an injection of Botox blocks.
The result is that your muscles don't get the signals from your nerves telling them to contract. That helps your soft tissues to relax, reducing pain and improving movement in the treated area.
The Stellar Pain and Spine team uses Botox to treat chronic pain conditions such as:
Also known as spasmodic torticollis, cervical dystonia causes twisting movements of your head and neck that you can’t control.
Migraines are a type of recurring headache that's particularly severe. Migraine pain may be so disabling it's impossible to function during an attack. Migraines also cause symptoms like nausea and vomiting and visual disturbances.
Blepharospasm causes unconscious contractions of the muscles around your eyes and involuntary blinking.
Painful tightening of your muscle fibers due to injury, overuse, or chronic irritation can cause chronic muscle spasms.
Myofascial pain originates in the fascia – a network of connective tissues that surround your muscles.
Botox treatments are an in-office procedure that causes minimal discomfort. However, you can use an anesthetic cream before your treatment to ensure you remain relaxed.
Your provider at Stellar Pain and Spine makes a series of Botox injections into the painful tissues using a very fine needle. Within the first week, you should notice a reduction in pain, and most patients benefit from about three months of pain relief following their Botox injections.
After three months, your muscles are likely to start spasming again, so most patients require around four injections each year to maintain their results. Combining Botox treatments with physical therapy can be particularly effective.
To see how Botox injections could help with your chronic pain, call Stellar Pain and Spine today or book an appointment online.