According to the Migraine Research Foundation, as many as 12% of people experience migraine headaches. Considered the third most prevalent illness in the world and the sixth most disabling, migraines can leave people bedridden for days at a time.
Conventional migraine treatment may include prescription and over-the-counter medications, physical therapy (to improve posture and spine alignment), and lifestyle modification (such as the avoidance of triggering foods or stimuli). But when those treatments don’t alleviate the pain, it may be time to try Botox.
Botox – the same substance that’s used to treat fine lines and wrinkles – is highly effective in eliminating migraine pain, and it can be effective for up to three months following each treatment.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Botox injections for migraines in 2010, but many people are just now learning about the benefits of this procedure. Center for Pain Management is one of the first providers in Indianapolis to offer Botox injections for migraine relief.
Botox is an injectable medication containing a neurotoxin made by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinums. This is the same bacteria that, in large numbers, can cause an infection called botulism, but Botox is safe to use because it contains a small and precise amount of bacteria.
Most doctors and researchers believe that Botox acts like a roadblock that prevents pain signals from reaching your brain. The injections block chemicals called neurotransmitters that normally transmit the sensation of pain, resulting in less frequent and/or less intense migraines.
If you experience 15 or more migraine headaches per month, Botox injections might be the next step in your treatment. At Center for Pain Management, we offer Botox injections as well as other evidence-based techniques to help people avoid recurring headaches and other chronic conditions.
If you’ve been unable to find relief for your migraine headaches, we invite you to contact our Indianapolis pain clinic today to ask about Botox injections for migraine pain: (317) 706-7246.