Botox® Injections for Migraines
Migraine headaches are a neurological disorder that is characterized by over excitability of specific areas of the brain. When patients who had migraine headaches used Botox® cosmetically to treat wrinkles, they reported that their headaches got better. So, doctors began to study it as a migraine pain treatment. The effectiveness of using Botox injections for migraines has been documented, and Caliber Pain™ offers this treatment and other injections for pain management at our clinic in New York City.
Botox is a neurotoxin that has been in use in medicine for over 20 years. Botox is now an FDA-approved preventive treatment for chronic migraines and is proving to be a very effective option. Botox targets the specific muscles and nerves involved in migraines and typically has fewer side effects than the daily medications many people take for migraines.
Other conditions Botox is commonly used for include:
- Movement disorders, such as cervical dystonia
- Eye disorders, such as crossed eyes
- Eye spasms
- Bladder spasms
- Excessive sweating
Cosmetically, Botox works by blocking the nerve signal to the muscle. However, that is not how it works in migraines. Why Botox helps with migraines is not fully understood.
Injection Therapy for Migraine Headaches
Botox treatment for migraines involves tiny injections into seven key muscle areas of the head and neck. Our doctor will follow a specific migraine protocol that strictly identifies exactly where to insert each needle. These injection sites target the sensory nerves involved in the cascade of a migraine attack. You may receive as many as 31 small injections. You may continue with your usual preventive protocol, as Botox does not interact with preventive medications.
Patients will typically require 2-3 rounds of injections, three months apart, to confirm whether Botox will work or not. That’s potentially 6-9 months before experiencing any meaningful improvement. The treatment usually takes about 15 minutes.
Results may be experienced as early as four weeks after initial treatment. The reduction in headache days may continue to improve over the course of 24 weeks. After two treatments (12 weeks apart), you will know if Botox is working for you. Patients typically receive Botox injections every three months to treat migraines. It is important to receive this treatment regularly so that migraines do not return. Once it takes effect, Botox can prevent headaches and migraines before they even start.
If you suffer from migraines and want to learn more about Botox for pain relief, contact us at Caliber Pain™ today. We offer Botox for migraines at our facility in Midtown Manhattan.