Can Botox Injections Be Used As Back Pain Treatment?

All About Botox

Botox is created from a toxin, Clostridum botulinum, which can cause fatal food poisoning.  When used in miniscule amounts, Botox is able to prevent muscles from moving, without causing issues in other parts of the body.  This treatment works because Botox impacts the nerves of a muscle. This can be used in a variety of medical conditions where nerves or muscles are behaving abnormally.

Botox Injections for Back Pain

Botox injections for back pain may be used to address a number of back pain issues from chronic pain to pain caused by muscle spasm.  It is important to realize that the use of Botox does not address the underlying medical issue that is causing the pain.  Instead, Botox works by blocking the nerve receptor from sending and receiving signals to the brain which allows a person to feel pain.  Therefore, it is important that Botox injection for back pain be done under a doctor’s care and as a part of a neurological or pain management treatment plan.

Receiving Botox Injections

The process of receiving Botox injections for the treatment of back pain is fairly simple.  First, the area that is to be injected will be cleaned by the doctor or other medical professional.  Then, a small needle is inserted in the skin into the exact place where the medication will be delivered.  The exact placement and number of injections are dependent on your medical needs.  The injection sites will be covered with bandages once the process is complete.

Generally speaking, individuals experience relief in the first three days after receiving the injections.  Although experiences vary by individual, relief usually lasts between three and six months, at which point the procedure is repeated.  Your doctor can provide personalized information on what to expect from Botox treatment for back pain and whether the treatment option can work for you based on your medical concerns.

For additional information on the use of Botox injection for back pain, contact New York Neurology Associates.  If you would like to schedule an appointment or check for availability, please book online or call 212 987-0100.

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