This treatment consists of injection of the Botox toxin in small doses into specific muscles. Botox acts as a muscle relaxant with effects that can last up to several months. These injections block chemical signals that cause the muscles to contract. The result is targeted muscle relaxation to areas that have muscle spasms, while reducing chronic-resistant trigger points. This procedure is very safe and is used for many cosmetic treatments, as well as for various pain disorders. Injection of Botox into the muscle causes gradual relaxation of chronic spasms and trigger points that have not been responsive to injections. Botox is also used for other conditions such as migraine headaches, abnormal head posture associated with severe muscle spasms of the neck (dystonia) and upper extremity spasticity from a neurologic disorder (like a stroke).
The procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes and can be performed in the pain management specialist’s office.