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Pain, Spine, & Rehab Associates

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation & Pain Medicine Specialists located in Gaithersburg, MD & Olney, MD

Migraine headache is one of the most disabling conditions our patients suffer from and the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world. Over 40 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. It is said that everyone either knows someone who has migraines or suffers from the disease themselves. One of the most effective treatments for this condition is botulinum toxin or Botox®. Long before doctors used the injections to reduce wrinkles, botulinum toxin was being used to eliminate muscle and nerve pain, and it is now FDA approved for use in migraine treatment. The team of pain management and physical medicine experts at Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates in Gaithersburg and Olney, Maryland, provide botulinum toxin injections to treat chronic refractory migraine. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to find out if botulinum toxin injections are right for you.

Headache Q & A

How do botulinum toxin injections work?

Botulinum toxin is a group of proteins derived from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It temporarily blocks nerve signals to your muscles, allowing your muscles to relax. While medical researchers initially believed that the pain relief stemmed from this muscle relaxation, further studies revealed that the injections also block pain signals.

The team at Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates usually combine botulinum toxin injections with other therapies in customized treatment plans. You may find that botulinum toxin injections combined with physical therapy and lifestyle modifications provide lasting pain relief, allowing you to get back to your regular activities and restore your quality of life. 

What should I expect when getting a botulinum toxin injection?

You don’t need to have an anesthetic for your botulinum toxin injections, although you can talk to your provider about numbing options if you’re nervous about needles. In most cases, you should notice the effects of your injection within 3 to 4 weeks. These effects usually last around 3 months, and you may need regular injections to maintain the effectiveness of your treatment. 

If you’re interested in botulinum toxin injections for pain management, call Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates or schedule a consultation online today.

What other conditions may be associated with a headache? 

  • Chronic neck pain

  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Facet mediated pain syndrome
  • Third occipital neuralgia (TON)
  • Temporomandibular joint syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

If you have chronic pain, talk to the experts at Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates about your symptoms. They provide comprehensive exams and testing and can talk to you about your treatment options, including botulinum toxin injections. They will be happy to explain the different therapies and answer your questions.

 

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