Other than erasing the furrow from your brow, a shot of Botox may also help to get rid of that pain in your neck. When combined with physical therapy, Botox injections may bring a significant reduction to chronic neck pain.
Botox is a protein extracted from botulinum toxin type A that has been in use for a long time to relax muscles and treat uncontrolled muscle contractions. However, they are probably famous as a cosmetic treatment to lessen the appearance of facial wrinkles.
Botox for Neck Pain
Neck pain may not be life-threatening, but it can cause patients to experience much worse quality of life. If not impossible, it can surely make driving difficult; even the simple task of getting your seatbelt on can be very difficult. It can be hard to sleep since the pain is always at your doorsteps. Pleasure in life can be burdensome when experiencing pain on a daily basis. Neck pain may even lead to people becoming isolated or even a little depressed.
In a study published in the American Journal of Pain Management, researchers looked at the effects of combining a single injection of Botox with standard physical therapy delivered to the affected neck muscle in people with chronic neck pain. The result of the study showed that combining both the treatments reduced pain levels significantly.
Botox injections can help relieve pain caused by other muscle-related conditions, such as spasticity (neck muscle stiffness and spasms) and cervical dystonia. Botox may offer pain relief from about three to- six months, depending on the disorder.
Treating pain with Botox injections may also be better than oral pain medications. This is because the effects of the injection are local and have no side effects like those associated with oral pain medications, such as dizziness, sedation, and fatigue.