04 Apr INJECTABLE TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Almost everyone is aware of the use of Botox as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles or lines but far fewer people are aware of its capacity to treat headaches, sore jaws and excess sweating.
Some people have an unnatural overactivity of the sweat glands. This can be quite debilitating. A clean white shirt can become a mess in less than half an hour and people become very self-conscious about their tendency to perspire excessively.
Injecting Botulinum Toxin to the arm pits turns these glands off and the subsequent dryness can last for up to a year. Relatively large doses of botox are required to be used due to the large area treated but the results can be quite dramatic.
There is a growing body of evidence that migraines can be triggered by irritation of the nerves as they exit the skull. Using Botox to relax the muscles around these nerves can have a dramatic effect in reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.
Nerves exit from many sites around the skull. Treating each site can use a significant amount of the toxin in total so usually initial treatments are focused on any trigger points the patient may report – sites where they feel their headache starts.
If subsequent headaches occur originating elsewhere these sites can also be treated.
Some patients have even been treated with surgery to remove and weaken these muscles again with significant reduction in headache frequencies. The technique is basically much like the keyhole brow lift and allows rapid recovery with surgery done as a day patient.
Some people habitually clench their jaws particularly when sleeping at night. This condition is known as Bruxism.
The activity the muscle can be excessive to the point where the muscle grows and gives a square look to the face. Excess wear and tear on the teeth and on the joints of the jaw can also result. Headaches are not infrequent.
Treating the over active muscles with Botulinum Toxin can shrink their contour back down and ease the symptoms of the condition.