Botox is not just for the treatment of wrinkles anymore. It is becoming more and more common to use Botox for back pain and spasms. The treatment is being injected into the aching back muscles and causes them to become paralyzed for a period of time. The patient soon feels relief and is able to return to a productive life.
”It is important for patients to realize that Botox injections do not give permanent relief,” says Arnold Feldman, M.D. With the use of physical therapy and stretching programs Botox injections can help lessen the chances of back spasms reoccurring.”
Numerous studies have been conducted that prove Botox is effective in the treatment of back pain. The pain relief effects of Botox injections begin to take place a few days after the treatment and can last between four and five months. This treatment is to be used on patients who have not found relief with conventional methods for pain management and are looking for an alternative. Botox is considered safe; it is well studied and is pending FDA approval for pain relief.
Possible back problems that can be helped by Botox are:
- Back pain due to a car accident and possible whiplash
- Sports injuries and back spasms
- Chronic back pain due to aging or illness
- Workplace injuries and repetitive movement injuries of the back