While Botox® is widely known in the world of cosmetics for its ability to banish wrinkles, this treatment has medical applications that are helping people who suffer from spinal cord injuries, migraines, and overactive bladders. At Jacinto Medical Group, the neurology department relies on Botox to help patients in Baytown and La Porte, Texas, find relief from difficult-to-treat medical issues. To learn more, call or use the online booking tool to request an appointment at one of the two locations.
Botox contains a botulinum toxin that temporarily relaxes your muscles. While Botox has garnered considerable attention when it comes to relaxing the wrinkles that form on your face, medical circles have used Botox to treat a number of difficult medical issues with great success.
Based on the same premise — temporarily paralyzing your muscles — Botox can be used in a number of medical situations where muscle spasms and the surrounding nerves are causing considerable, and hard-to-treat, pain, as well as problems with function.
In 2010, the FDA approved the use of the neurotoxin to treat chronic migraines after medical researchers found that Botox offered sufferers a measure of relief. Botox works by preventing your muscles and nerves from sending pain signals, allowing you to enjoy more headache-free days.
That same year, the FDA also approved the use of Botox for the following conditions:
In 2013, the FDA approved Botox for helping patients calm overactive bladders.
For people who suffer from chronic back pain following a spinal cord injury, the doctors at Jacinto Medical Group have found that Botox can help provide much-needed relief. The treatment works the same way as it does on other medical conditions, essentially preventing your muscles from spasming and causing pain.
The applications for Botox in treating chronic pain are evolving as doctors find new ways to make use of this effective treatment.
Botox isn’t a one-and-done solution. Most people can expect 3-6 months of benefits from the neurotoxin, at which point they simply return for follow-up treatments. The temporary nature of the treatment is often a benefit as you and your doctor at Jacinto Medical Group can experiment with Botox to gauge its effectiveness.
If you’d like to explore whether Botox can help you find relief from your medical issue, call Jacinto Medical Group or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation with the neurology department.