BOTOX for headaches
BOTOX isn’t just a wrinkle treatment — it can also help chronic migraine sufferers. Chronic migraine (defined by the FDA as 15 or more headache days a month, with each headache lasting four hours or more) can impair your ability to concentrate on your work, making it hard to earn a living at almost any job. Worse, it can turn your life into complete misery, diminishing your ability to enjoy your spare time and the company of your loved ones.
If you suffer from such headaches, you may want to ask your doctor about it, which is also an FDA-approved preventative treatment for severe chronic migraines. In tests it performs over 28 percent better than a placebo, preventing up to nine headache days a month. Note: the FDA has not approved the use of this is to treat headaches that aren’t frequent or long-lasting enough to meet the definition of chronic.
BOTOX as a migraine treatment is usually taken about once every three months. It is injected into the muscles of the forehead, scalp, neck and shoulders. Many doctors believe that BOTOX works by shutting off pain receptors in those areas. The effect of the treatment usually lasts two and a half months. If necessary, other treatments can be used to manage the pain until the next treatment.
Other uses of BOTOX
Injections of a weak form of BOTOX into the underarms can reduce hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. It does this by temporarily blocking a chemical in the body that stimulates the sweat glands. You should be able to see the results within a week of taking it. The effect lasts at least four to six months — longer in some cases. It has not yet been approved by the FDA for use on other areas of the body, but studies suggest it may work in these cases.
BOTOX has been used for several years as a treatment for upper limb spasticity, and the FDA recently approved it for lower limb spasticity. It has also been used to correct squints, and for treating strabismus (misaligned eyes) and overactive bladder. It is being researched as a treatment for cerebral palsy.
The biggest advantage of BOTOX is its convenience. It is sometimes called a lunchtime procedure, because the injection takes about 10 minutes and you should be able to return to work immediately afterwards.
BOTOX treatment in Matthews, NC
The best place to go for BOTOX treatment in Matthews, NC is the Conner Family Health Clinic, a subscription medical practice. Dr. Conner is highly experienced at working with BOTOX and will develop the right treatment plan for you, based on what sort of treatment you need and what your goals are. If you are interested in any of the medical applications of BOTOX, make an appointment today.