Botox for Spasticity & Migraine Headaches

Botox therapy is used to treat patients living with chronic migraine headaches or a movement disorder known as spasticity. Botulinum toxin (Botox) is a nerve impulse blocker that attaches to nerve endings and prevents the release of chemical transmitters, which trigger muscles or impulses that cause pain or restrict function.

Botox to Treat Spasticity

Spasticity is a condition that involves overactive muscle contractions and hyperactive reflexes, which can result from disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, brain or spinal cord injury. An imbalance between signals that inhibit or stimulate the spinal cord lead to spasticity.

The disorder is first treated with stretching, exercise and rehabilitation, but Botox injections may further help alleviate pain if it affects only a few muscles. In many cases, physical therapy is needed after the injections to maximize the Botox’s benefits. In all cases, it is necessary to stretch and exercise daily at home.

Botox to Treat Migraine Headaches

Botox is the first and only preventive treatment approved by the FDA for adults with chronic migraine (15 or more headache days a month, each lasting 4 hours or more). These injections have been shown to be effective in the prevention of migraines, which are debilitating headaches that cause intense pulsing or throbbing pain and affect about 12% of Americans.

Botox to treat chronic migraines is given at intervals of about 12 weeks as multiple injections around the head and neck to try to dull future headache symptoms.

For more information on how the specialists at Cary Orthopaedics can help you manage your pain, contact us today for an appointment!

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