Many people know Botox (botulinum toxin) enhances beauty by reducing wrinkles.  However, many don’t realize physicians have also used Botox to effectively treat severe pain and many disease related complications. Successfully using medical Botox to relieve these problems requires specialized training and medical experience.

Botox is currently used to effectively treat painful muscle spasms, migraines, excessive blinking (blepharospasm), excessive drooling (sialorrhea) and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). 

Additionally, many who experience severe neck pain due to contracted muscles often experience significant relief from Botox treatment.  Others who experience cervical dystonia resulting from back surgery, scoliosis, car accident, trauma or family history (with symptoms of neck pain, headaches in the base of the neck, eyes and forehead, and difficulty moving the neck i.e. such as checking your blind spot while merging your car onto a highway) may also be effectively treated with Botox injections every 3 months.  

Other very painful conditions are also effectively treated by Botox injections. Cerebral palsy, stroke, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and multiple sclerosis sufferers can experience relieve from spasticity, a chronic, painful muscle contraction in the arms, legs, feet and hands. With these diseases, the force of the muscle spasms can be so strong it can bend the arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, and toes in very painful positions.  For some patients, spasticity has caused joint dislocation and fractures.  Medical Botox injected in the areas causing spasticity give patients much ne relief and help with their ability to move.

Migraine headache sufferers may be surprised to discover that neurologists (physicians who specialize in headache) can treat migraines with Botox. In order to see if Botox is an option for migraine headache sufferers, your primary care physician must FIRST evaluate you. 

There are several brands of Botulinum toxin on the market today.  Botox is actually the Allergan brand of Botulinum toxin, which was the first on the market.  Additionally, Xeomin, Dysport and Myobloc are different botulinum toxin products. Botox is a protein made from bacteria Clostridium botulinum.   The protein looks like baby powder, and is diluted with either normal saline or lidocaine, a local numbing medicine.  Botox reduces facial wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles, which receive Botox injections.  Botox takes 7-10 days for patients to feel it work. And lasts for approximately 3 months.  

As with any medical procedure or medication, there can be side effects and complications.  BOTOX is Botulinum toxin.  Complications of Botox and the procedure are breathing problems, double vision, paralysis, death.  If you decide to have Botox, make sure the person administering the Botox is a specially trained physician with years of experience.