Like most people, you may know Botox® best for its ability to smooth out facial lines and wrinkles. But this injection also treats medical conditions like chronic migraines and multiple sclerosis (MS). At Valley Neurology in Spokane, Washington, Yashma Patel, MD, and Wade Steeves, MD, provide the most up-to-date treatments for neurological conditions like headaches and MS, including Botox injections. To find out more about Botox and how it can benefit you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Botox is a neurotoxin made from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It’s a medical injection that temporarily stops the transmission of nerve signals or weakens muscles to get the desired results.
Though best known for smoothing out lines and wrinkles, Botox has many medical uses, including treatment for chronic migraines and muscle spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
The experts at Valley Neurology take an individualized approach to care and determine if you’re a candidate for Botox after a consultation. They may recommend Botox if you have chronic migraine headaches (15 or more migraine headaches in a month) or spasticity (uncontrolled movement) related to MS.
Though Botox helps both neurological conditions, the specialists at Valley Neurology may only recommend the injections if other less invasive treatments or therapies fail to improve your symptoms.
The neurologists are experts in headache conditions and MS and provide the most up-to-date treatments available, so you get the best possible outcomes.
Your provider at Valley Neurology customizes your Botox injection treatment plan based on your diagnosis.
For migraines, your provider makes multiple injections at specific points around the scalp.
For MS, your provider injects Botox into the spastic muscle to decrease the tone. Like migraines, your provider makes multiple injections to get the desired results. You can resume your daily routine following your Botox injections.
Results aren’t immediate, and you may not notice improvements in your symptoms for a few weeks. For chronic migraines, you may need more than one set of injections before experiencing a decrease in the frequency and severity of your symptoms.
Botox injections are temporary and may last three to four months. If you experience improvement in your symptoms, your provider at Valley Neurology recommends you continue with your injections to continue to get relief.
Some people with chronic migraines may experience long-term relief after receiving a few sets of Botox injections, then discontinue their treatments.
To find out more about Botox for your neurological condition, call Valley Neurology or request an appointment online today.