Botox: More Than Just Looks

When you hear the word Botox, you usually think about the cosmetic uses. Botox does help you look younger by reducing crow’s feet and getting rid of frown lines, but now Botox has become a successful treatment for a lot of other disorders. Can you imagine going to the doctor’s office for a headache, getting a Botox injection, and a few days later having no pain at all? Well, it is possible, and it is happening daily. Botox is no longer just a cosmetic drug. It has highly successful results for all kinds of problems.

Botox or botulinum toxin is a drug that people previously only used for cosmetic. The word toxin may scare people, but it is not harmful to the body when used in this manner. Don’t get me wrong; it can be harmful if you have too much in the body or if it is contaminated. The doctor gives Botox in controlled and specific amounts. Botox is a neuromuscular blocker that affects the nervous tissue helping to relax the nerves. As a result, it then treats a lot of muscle disorders.

There are those who deal with muscle spasms, stiffness, and rigidity. Botox works great for muscle issues because it essentially paralyzes the specific muscle. When the muscle is paralyzed, it will relax, and the stiffness will cease for the duration of the Botox which is typically 3-6 months. Spasms in the muscle can be extremely disabling, but a Botox injection may relax the spasm. Dystonia is a major muscle disorder treated with Botox. Dystonia is the involuntary contraction of the muscles that lead to abnormal movements or spasms. Just one injection of Botox in the muscle can stop these severe muscle spasms. Parkinson’s is a neurological disorder that cannot be treated with Botox, but it may help with some muscle spasms in the beginning stages.

Botox has also been seen to help with migraines, excessive sweating, and bladder control. Migraines are another disorder that can also be debilitating. It may be caused by certain foods, light, or noise, but biologically it the pain is transmitted nerves. If that specific nerve is paralyzed, you will not be able to feel that intense pain in the brain known as a migraine. This process is caused chemo-denervation which Botox is known for. You may not think sweating is controlled by nerves, but it is. For this reason, you do not sweat all the time. When you start getting hot, the body responds by sweating. When your sweating is excessive, the nerves contributed to the sweating may need to be controlled. Overactive bladder and lack of bladder control are both urinary problems treated with Botox.

You probably never thought Botox could fix so many things. Botox is a highly effective treatment for diseases stemming from the nerves or muscles listed above. When you go into the office, they set up the shots and inject them into the area that is giving you trouble. The injection site may be slightly sore, but afterward, you should feel relief. The bad part about Botox is that it is not a one-time cure. It is a treatment that you must go back for once it wears off. If you are dealing with any of these health problems, you should talk to your doctor about Botox. It could be the quick fix you have been looking for.

Dallas Interventional Pain Management Specialist Dr. Mark LeDoux is Board Certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesia respectively with a Fellowship in Interventional Pain Management. Dr. LeDoux is the co-director of Interventional Spine & Pain with offices in Dallas and Addison Texas. To schedule a consultation with Dr. LeDoux click on his profile or call his office at 214-888- 3900.