Migraine, Headache Treatment in Toronto & Thornhill
Botox injections are best known for smoothing out skin wrinkles but in recent years the FDA has approved the use of Botox to treat migraine and chronic headaches.
Botox was first used for migraine after medical specialists noted that many patients undergoing cosmetic injections were reporting a subsequent decrease in migraine headaches.
It is not yet fully understood how Botox works to reduce migraine pain, but it is believed to inhibit the release of neurotransmitters that communicate with nerve endings, thereby blocking the pain pathways in the brain.
Botox injections are undertaken on those who suffer chronic migraine for 15 or more days each month, with the headache lasting four or more hours per day. It is not possible at this time to treat those with lesser symptoms, or those who suffer from recurring headaches of a milder kind.
Along with the pain, the injections are intended to reduce other migraine symptoms such as nausea, and sensitivity to lights, sounds and smells.
Our specialists carry out this process, which involves injecting Botox into specific areas of the neck and head, but it should be stressed that a patient first needs to consult a doctor in Toronto and Thornhill to ascertain the origins of the headaches, as they can be caused by various medical conditions.
Some migraine sufferers will respond better to other types of treatment, and Botox is not the right solution for everyone, but your own doctor is the person to advise you on the best course of action.
Although it is usually adults who are treated, in some cases adolescents can also undergo Botox treatments.Again, your family doctor needs to be consulted before we are able to undertake any treatment.
Botox injections are typically given once every three months, with treatments spanning a 15-month period. Gradually the nerve endings grow new connections and restore the muscle function that is believed to trigger the migraines, which is why repeat injections are required.
Our medical specialist will inject multiple doses into specific points along the nose, the temples, the forehead, the back of the head, the neck, and the upper back. The actual process does not last long, typically around 30 minutes, and once the injections are complete the patient is able to continue with his or her everyday activities.
Relief from pain is not immediate, and any significant improvement can take up to two weeks. For some, a second set of injections may be needed before real relief is experienced.
As with all Botox treatments, some side effects are possible. The most common are neck pain and stiffness at the injection site, temporary muscle weakness in the neck and upper shoulders, blurred vision, and drooping eyelids. These will vanish after a few days.
Use of Botox to relieve migraine pain is still an area that is undergoing extensive research by the medical profession, and we monitor new developments on a continuous basis to ensure that patients always receive the benefit of the most up-to-date treatments available.