Treating Medical Conditions With Botox

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Treating Medical Conditions With Botox


The FDA approved Botox to be used in the treatment of wrinkles in 2002. Since then, Botox has been used to treat a number of medical conditions, such as:

  • Excessive Sweating: Individuals with hyperhidrosis can sweat uncontrollably, even in cool, controlled temperatures. Botox can be used to paralyze the nerve that sends the signal to the brain to induce sweating.
  • Headaches: Botox injections have been clinically proven to improve migraine headaches. The treatment includes as many as 39 injections in the face and neck. Some individuals may not find relief immediately and may require additional treatments but the benefits of these injections should last for many years.
  • Arthritis: Arthritis affects the joints and can result in chronic pain that is unable to be treated with over the counter medications.
  • Back Pain: Studies have shown that treating back pain with the use of Botox injections can result in relief for up to four months.
  • Neuropathy: Neuropathy, also referred to as nerve pain, is pain that can affect the hands, feet and legs. Botox injected just below the skin of the affected area can provide relief.

The injections themselves can cause some discomfort, so often a numbing agent is used before treatment begins. A thin needle is used to inject the botox underneath the skin or muscle, depending on the condition. Once the Botox has been injected, the procedure is done and the patient can be discharged.