Botox® is a prescription injection that’s become a popular cosmetic treatment, but Botox can have benefits beyond improving your appearance. The team at Johnston Pain Management, P.A., with offices in Jacksonville, New Bern, and Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, uses Botox to treat patients suffering from chronic migraines. To learn more about how Botox can help your head pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Botox, also known as onabotulinum A, is a prescription injection that treats a broad spectrum of conditions, including recurring pain like migraines.
Botox is a neurotoxin. When injected into specific areas or muscles, the medication blocks the nerve signals to provide the desired results.
The team at Johnston Pain Management, P.A., uses Botox injections to treat migraines. A migraine is a neurological condition that causes throbbing pain in one area of the head. These types of headaches can last hours or days.
People with migraines may have recurring head pain that occurs a few times a year or several times a month.
Currently, Botox is FDA-approved to treat people with chronic migraines. If you have 15 or more migraine headaches a month, you have chronic migraines and may be a candidate for Botox treatment.
Johnston Pain Management, P.A., also uses Botox to treat patients who suffer from a combination of 15 or more tension-type headaches or migraines a month, where at least eight of those headaches are migraines.
Botox works by stopping the release of the chemicals in the nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain, preventing migraines from starting.
For people with chronic migraines, Botox may serve as a long-term preventive treatment that improves their quality of life. The medication may decrease the frequency and intensity of the head pain.
Your provider at Johnston Pain Management, P.A., customizes your Botox treatment plan at your initial consultation. They review the details, so you know what to expect.
Your provider injects small amounts of Botox in specific areas of your head and neck. They may also place additional Botox injections at the site your head pain most often occurs. You may feel some mild, fleeting discomfort during the injections.
Though Botox effectively prevents migraine headaches, it takes time to work. You may experience improvements in your migraines within a few weeks after your initial injections, but you need a series of injections to gain the most benefits.
The team at Johnston Pain Management, P.A., recommends chronic migraine sufferers repeat their injections every 3-4 months.
To find out more about Botox for migraines, call Johnston Pain Management, P.A., or schedule an appointment online today.