Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Treatment for Migraines
Botox® is a household name, usually known for its cosmetic treatment of lines and wrinkles. However, Botox was used for medical treatments long before it was FDA-approved for cosmetic uses. The main ingredient, botulinum toxin A, can provide muscle relaxation that can be useful for controlling many pain conditions. Our pain specialists at DOCS Health offer botulinum toxin (Botox) treatment for migraines at our clinic in Los Angeles, CA.
Botulinum toxin A is a neuromodulator. It works by blocking nerve signals to targeted muscles, stopping muscle contraction. Some of the first medical uses for Botox were for eye muscle spasms and crossed eyes. There are many other medical benefits for Botox injections, including managing pain conditions like migraine headaches.
Botox treatment for migraines works by minimizing muscle contractions and relaying neurotransmitter pain signals. This has been shown to be effective in reducing the number of migraine headaches in patients with chronic migraines. Patients may experience a 50% reduction or more in their migraine episodes.
Injections for Headache Pain Relief
Botox injections may offer temporary relief from chronic headaches or migraines. The injections can be performed in about 15-20 minutes, and no downtime or recovery is needed. The first treatment may take a few weeks for the effects to begin reducing migraines. Botox treatments must be repeated to continue reducing migraine pain, usually every 3-4 months.
There are very few side effects from Botox injections. The most common are bruising or swelling at the injection site, but some patients may have other reactions. Our pain specialists will discuss all the possible side effects of Botox and whether it may be right for your pain condition. Adverse reactions to Botox are rare, but it is important to know risks for any treatment you use to manage your pain.
Migraines can be a debilitating condition that impacts your quality of life. Botulinum toxin (Botox) treatment for migraines may be a non-invasive solution to reduce your migraine episodes. To learn more about Botox injections for your chronic migraines, contact us at DOCS Health in Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule your migraine consultation.