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Botox Injections

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Widely known for treating wrinkles, facial creases, and tense muscles, Botox can be used to treat a number of health conditions including cervical dystonia, writer’s cramp, excessive sweating, achalasia, chronic pain, neuropathy, and migraine headaches. The full name for Botox, a neurotoxic protein, is called botulinum toxin. There are many pain symptoms primarily caused by chronic or acute muscular spasms, and this group of pain responds to Botox injections extremely fast. This is because the primary effect of Botox is to prevent muscles from contracting.

Muscle contractions, or spasms, are caused when your body releases a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. For most people, this chemical performs as expected. However, some individuals may release an excess of acetylcholine (for a number of reasons), which lead to the painful condition commonly known as muscle spasms.

Different types of pain suitable for Botox injections include the areas where muscle spasms and tenderness are clearly defined. Common examples include the regions of the head, neck and back. While local anaesthetic and steroid injections also work, these may wear off. In this case, Botox injections may be appropriate.

How Botox Injections Work

Botox injections work by affecting the nerve-muscle junction, which blocks the nerves that cause the muscles to contract. The muscle then relaxes, resulting in reduced pain, resting muscle tone, and improved response to nerve stimulation. The maximum effect of Botox injections usually occur between 2 to 4 weeks after the injection. The nerve is able to once again stimulate the muscle within two months or so. For some patients, the effect of Botox injection treatments for pain may last much longer, up to even a year or more.

By injecting the muscle or muscles that spasm, the muscle spasm and associated pain is reduced—or even eliminated. Ultimately, your muscle pain symptoms will diminish over time. While Botox injections are not a permanent cure, repeated injections over time will lessen the pain for the long-term.

Areas for Botox Injections

Botox injections also effectively treat head and neck pain, including migraines and whiplash-related neck pains. In fact, the results of Botox injections for head and neck pain, including cervicogenic headaches and migraines, are incredibly effective and fast-acting. Many times, recurring headaches and migraines are due to muscle spasms throughout the neck, head, and temple. Botox injections are incredibly effective for temple pain, headaches and neck pain, as the muscle volume in this area is significantly smaller than other parts of the body that may experience muscle spasms.

While muscle spasms cause pain directly in the affected muscle, they can also cause neuropathies—such as sciatica—depending on the muscle which is in spasm. As you may have noticed with cosmetic Botox injections, those injected typically can’t move the muscles in the area where they received the injections; the same principle applies here. Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine, which temporarily halts painful muscle spasms.

Although Botox injections don’t cure muscle spasms, Botox treatments often result in a dramatic reduction in pain symptoms over time. Each treatment lasts for approximately 3 months. After that point, the original injection’s potency starts wearing off, and the nerves may resume their overactive release of acetylcholine. However, patients can continue Botox injection treatments indefinitely (as long as there aren’t significant side effects).

Conditions Botox Injections Treat

Botox injections for muscle spasms have been approved by more than 70 national health agencies across the country. Botox injections may be used to treat all of the following:

  • Spasmodic Torticollis: twisting and writhing movements of the neck
  • Writer’s Cramp: difficulty writing because of excessive muscle contraction of the forearm
  • Spasticity from stroke: including painful contractions of the arm and leg
  • Spasticity: from cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, or traumatic brain injury
  • Hemifacial spasm: Repetitive twitching of one half of the face
  • Tic disorders
  • Blepharospasm: forced eyelid closure
  • Hyperhidrosis: excessive sweating of the palms, face, or arm pits
  • Headaches: especially those beginning at the base of the head

Dr. Adams of Progressive Integrated Healthcare Dallas injects Botox directly into the designated muscle or muscles. Dr. Adams determines the correct location for your injection, as well as the dosage needed to reduce your pain. To determine if Botox injections are an appropriate treatment option for your pain condition, Dr. Adams will perform an in-depth analysis during your consultation to pinpoint the cause of your muscle pain.

Accepting New Patients

As a chiropractor, Dr. Adams offers a holistic approach to healthcare. As family nurse practitioner, he provides state-of-the-art clinical care that focuses on disease prevention, pain management and wellness. Progressive Integrated Healthcare of Dallas offers a unique concept in healthcare that integrates medical providers with chiropractors and physical therapists, all dedicated to your health and wellness.

At Progressive Integrated Healthcare of Dallas, we understand that you want to be out of pain as soon as possible; and we offer a full range of pain relief, including Botox injections directly into the source of your pain. Dr. Adams and his clinic at Progressive Integrated Healthcare of Dallas is currently accepting new patients. Fill out our new patient online form here or call our office to schedule a consultation today.

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Progressive Integrated Healthcare
7557 Rambler Rd
Suite 110
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (972) 587-7246

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Botox injections can be used to treat a variety of painful muscle conditions, such as cervical dystonia and muscle spasms.