Dr. Edrick Lopez Treats Migraines with Botox-
We all know Botox– or botulinum toxin – to be a beautifying procedure. However, a second purpose has come to light and people everywhere are finding relief for their chronic pain. Doctors have found that for a person suffering from chronic back pain, neck pain, facial pain, or even migraines, a visit to Botox specialist can provide quick and effective relief from pain that just doesn’t respond well to other treatments.
Dr. Edrick Lopez, a Harvard-trained intervention pain management specialist with Physician Partners of America’s (PPOA) McKinney, Texas location, takes a multidisciplinary approach to pain relief ranging from neck, back, and joint injections to Botox for migraine headaches and regenerative medicine.
How Does it Work?
Botox is used for multiple purposed and to many, is viewed as one of modern medicine’s most fascinating treatments. A protein produced by certain types of bacteria, botulinum toxin, in its natural form, is one of the most toxic substances known to man. The toxin itself works by blocking a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which forces muscles to relax; in large doses Botox causes parts of the body to shut down completely, but when administered in small doses by a trained professional, it relaxes muscles safely and locally to smooth out wrinkles and to target muscular sources of chronic pain. Decades of research and careful refinement of the toxin has allowed scientists to start using this substance for good, and today Botox is used safely in millions of procedures, both medical and cosmetic.
What Conditions Can Botox Treat?
Because it relaxes muscles, pain management doctors at PPOA’s clinics, along with Dr. Lopez, find that Botox is particularly effective at treating chronic pain that is muscular in origin. Botox can be especially helpful when treating conditions such as whiplash, TMJ, and lower back pain. In these cases, Botox forces the muscles to relax, allowing joints to return to their natural position without pain.
“Botox is a great alternative for patients who suffer from chronic migraines,” says Dr. Lopez. “It can significantly enhance the quality of life of these patients by reducing the intensity and the frequency of their migraine headaches.”
Botox is also FDA approved as a treatment for chronic migraines. Regular injections at specific sites around the head and neck can create long-term relief for patients who suffer migraines more than 15 days out of the year, and for patients who have tried and failed at least 2 different preventative medications.
Injections to treat chronic migraines are usually administered once every 12 weeks, and, as with other Botox-treated pain, patients usually start to feel positive effects within a few days.
“I love that we can offer this therapy that can so markedly help our patients with chronic migraines.” – Dr. Edrick Lopez
Contact us today to see if you might be a good candidate for Botox.