Headaches, jaw pain, arthritis, or muscle spasms got you down? Consider Botox® for pain relief with Cathy Zhang, MD, at Louisiana Pain Institute, with locations in Covington and Denham Springs, Louisiana. Botox treats pain by relaxing muscle contractions and blocking nerve signals. The procedure is safe, easy, and effective. To get started, book an appointment with Dr. Zhang online or over the phone today.
Botox is a purified version of Botulinum toxin type A, derived from bacteria, most famous for its ability to temporarily smooth wrinkles. However, Botox isn’t just for cosmetic purposes.
In the same way that it can relax muscles for aesthetic reasons, Botox can relax muscle contractions for pain. It works by blocking those nerve signals that prompt your muscles to contract and twitch.
For example, to relieve temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) pain, Botox relaxes the muscles that move the jaw. This not only can alleviate pain around your jaw, but also related tension headaches.
Dr. Zhang uses Botox to treat pain from conditions like:
She can also use it generally to treat nerve pain, chronic neck pain, and chronic back pain.
At Louisiana Pain Institute, Dr. Zhang begins Botox treatment by numbing the area or areas she’s working on with local anesthesia. Though Botox injections aren’t especially painful, your comfort is always a priority for Dr. Zhang.
Once you’re numb, Dr. Zhang injects tiny amounts of the toxin through a thin needle into the target areas. Treatment usually takes about 10 minutes.
You can go home immediately after your procedure and function as normal, except that you can’t massage or rub the injection area for 24 hours after treatment. If you rub the injection area, you risk pushing the Botox into other areas of your body.
For pain relief, Botox injections usually start working within 10-14 days, and the pain relief typically lasts 3-4 months.
As with any injection procedure, Botox injections carry a risk for temporary side effects. The most common Botox side effects include pain, redness, and bruising at the injection site, as well as neck pain.
Also, make sure to tell Dr. Zhang if you’ve received any Botox injections in the four months before treatment, if you’re taking certain medications like blood thinners, or if you’re thinking about becoming pregnant.
Are you ready to kick your pain to the curb? Then Botox injections may be the perfect addition to your pain management regimen. To learn more, contact Dr. Zhang at Louisiana Pain Institute online or over the phone today.