Botox for migraines: Let us help you
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Botox® – the drug most people associate with smoothing facial lines and wrinkles – also is our preferred option at BayCare Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine for treating chronic migraines for those who have tried and failed all other conservative options.
It’s the only preventive treatment approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
“Preventive” is the key word. Botox allows us to treat chronic migraines before they occur.
I so often hear “Is there anything you can do for my migraines?” It’s great to be able to say yes, and to offer this treatment to our patients.
An estimated 3.2 million Americans have chronic migraines. If all other migraine treatments haven’t worked for you, perhaps it’s time to consider Botox.
Here’s how our chronic migraine treatment works. Once prescribed, Botox is injected every three months as needed. That procedure takes about 15 minutes and is done in our office. Botox is injected just under the skin into head and neck muscles. There are 31 injections in seven areas. That sounds like a lot, but we use small needles, and patients say the procedure feels like tiny pinpricks. The most common side effect is neck pain, reported by one in 10 patients during clinical trials.
After the first Botox treatment, we evaluate each chronic migraine patient at six weeks to determine how to proceed going forward. Many continue with treatments every three months.
I look forward to helping you feel better. Let’s talk about it.
To learn more about our Botox treatments for chronic migraines, please call my office at 920-288-8377 in Green Bay or 866-965-4380 in Sturgeon Bay or request an appointment online.
Thomas Wilkins, MD, is a Board Certified physiatrist and has special interests in musculoskeletal ultrasound, spine medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic testing, as well as orthopaedic and sports injuries.