Botox for Migraines
The use of Botox to treat chronic migraines in adults 18 years of age or older is FDA approved. A person must have at least 15 documented migraines per month and proof that other medications have been tried and failed in preventing migraines.
How It Works
A patient is first scheduled for an evaluation in the Botox Clinic at Hillside where the doctor assesses the need for Botox. If the patient meets the criteria and is approved for Botox, a separate appointment will be scheduled. The second appointment will only be about 15 minutes long and Botox will be administered in the necessary areas.
Botox is injected around the pain fibers that cause headaches, enters the nerve endings, and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission, therefore preventing future migraines. Botox can take up to three weeks to reach its peak effectiveness and usually lasts for about three months.
Botox for Spasticity
Spasticity is the uncontrolled tightening of muscles along with the inability to relax or loosen them. It is typically found in patients with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or stroke.
Spasticity can negatively affect a person's functioning ability and quality of life. Unfortunately there is no cure, however, highly effective treatments are available to manage spasticity including Botox. Candidates for this therapy must have spasticity that does not respond to conservative treatment methods or have intolerable side effects from therapeutic doses.
Botox for TMJ Pain
Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) affects the jaw joints and surrounding muscles. Common symptoms include jaw tenderness, headaches, earaches, and facial pain, likely worse with chewing. Botox injections help to relax the muscles in the jaw, which can decrease the associated pain.
You may be a candidate for Botox for TMJ if you have tried other treatments without significant pain relief. Botox injections can be used together with other TMJ pain treatments.
After Botox is Administered
After Botox has been administered for migraines, spasticity, or TMJ the patient will follow up with the doctor at the Hillside Outpatient Clinic three weeks after their first injection to ensure the injection was successful and the spasticity, migraine, or TMJ improved. It there has been improvement, the patient will be scheduled for a repeat injection in three months.
For more information on the Botox Clinic at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, call 330-841-3607.