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BOTOX®: Headache & Pain Fighter

More than one out of every ten Americans is affected by debilitating migraine headaches, which are often accompanied by throbbing pain, sensitivity to light, visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting.

Chronic migraine sufferers may experience frequent headaches, defined as occurring more than 15 days a month for at least three months; which interfere greatly with their work, family and social activities. Studies also have shown an association between chronic migraine and mini-strokes. For those diagnosed with chronic migraines, BOTOX® is a breakthrough treatment option that can help reduce the frequency and intensity of their headaches and improve their quality of life.

BOTOX and Migraines

BOTOX is an injectable medication that first gained notoriety for treating facial wrinkles, and is now the only FDA-approved treatment for adults that has been determined to be a safe and effective treatment for chronic migraines. The medication works by blocking certain chemical signals from the nerves to the muscles, which causes them to temporarily reduce or halt muscle activity.

Small amounts of BOTOX are injected into specific points along a migraine patient's forehead; sides and back of the head; and the neck and shoulders. This treatment can be performed in a physician's office and is typically administered once every three months. Each treatment session takes about 15 minutes, and patients may return to their normal activities immediately afterward.

Research has shown that chronic migraine patients treated with BOTOX average 8-9 fewer headache days per month. The treatments can also help reduce the severity of pain and other symptoms associated with migraines.

Other BOTOX Benefits

BOTOX injections have also been deemed safe to treat a variety of other conditions in which a person's muscles are contracted for a prolonged period of time, causing severe pain or impaired movement. Spasticity refers to a wide range of involuntary muscle contractions or sudden movements that result from disorders of the central nervous system. Conditions that involve spasticity or excessive muscle movement may be improved with BOTOX, since it helps the overactive muscle relax by blocking the neurotransmitter that is involved in muscle contraction.

Common Conditions Treated With BOTOX
Involuntary muscle spasms, contractions or stiffness
Upper or lower limb spasticity from cerebral palsy, spinal cord or traumatic brain injury, stroke or    multiple sclerosis
Facial wrinkles associated with excessive muscle contraction, such as crows' feet around the eyes    or frown lines of the forehead
Involuntary eye lid or facial twitching

For more information about BOTOX treatments, call the Neurology Center of Salem at 330-337-4940.