The physicians of Carolina Back Institute are continuously reaching to uncover the most innovative treatments for reducing or eliminating pain. Our physicians have found that BOTOX® therapy is very effective for the treatment of migraine headaches and other types of pain.
BOTOX® is a widely-used, FDA-approved prescription medicine that is injected into muscles. Many people are not aware that BOTOX® treatment is used for purposes other than cosmetic application. BOTOX® therapy has shown successful results in patients experiencing pain due to muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, and chronic headaches.
BOTOX® injections block the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which interrupts the signals from the nerves to the muscle. This process results in the local exclusion of muscle contractions, which allows the pain from irregular muscle spasms to be significantly reduced.
A retrospective study by the Pain and Evaluation Treatment Center in Tulsa, OK, found that 70% of patients with myofascial pain in the back and extremities who received BOTOX® injections over a two-year period reported good to excellent pain relief lasting 2.5 to 3.6 months.
Myofascial pain is a chronic musculoskeletal pain involving a single muscle or muscle group, in which the patient may experience pain in places other than where the pain generator is located.
Additional studies have found that low back pain can be safely and effectively treated with BOTOX® injections even when the patient has experienced no relief through conventional therapy. Studies have proven BOTOX® injections to be superior and longer lasting than traditional steroid therapy, as well. In addition, BOTOX® injections have proven effective in the treatment of headache, neck, back, and shoulder pain.
Preauthorization is required for funding through most insurance companies, however Medicare will provide coverage for BOTOX® injections as a treatment for pain in most circumstances.