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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Pain Management Procedures

Botox Injections

Overview
Although many know Botox for its cosmetic enhancements, it can play a role in pain management. Botox, or botulinum toxin, injections have been used to treat back pain, headaches, and neck pain. It can be used in treating painful conditions such as cervical dystonia, chronic myofascial pain, chronic low back pain, spasticity, whiplash injury, TMJ dysfunction, and chronic headaches including migraines. It is important that one seeks treatment from a licensed professional who has experience with this treatment.

Procedure
The area to be injected is cleansed thoroughly with a sterile solution. A certain amount of Botox is injected using a fine hypodermic syringe in the muscle to be treated. Botox injections rarely require local anesthesia.

How does it Work?
Botox is a potent protein agent that is believed to block the conduction of nerve impulses between the nerve and the muscle that may be causing pain. There are 2 types used in the United States: type A (Botox) and type B (Myobloc). Botox is metabolized by the body over a period of approximately six months.

After the Procedure
Botox injections are done on an outpatient basis and patients can leave once they are finished with the procedure. Patients are free to leave when they are finished with the procedure.

For a better understanding of interventional pain treatment services, contact the healthcare professionals at Minimally Invasive Pain Institute.  They can help customize a treatment for you and your acute or chronic pain condition. To find out if you are a good candidate, or for more information on this and other pain treatment services, read on or contact our pain management center.  Together, we’ll help you find the relief you need for the quality of life you deserve.