Anaesthetist and Pain Management Consultant
When muscle spasm is considered to be the cause of pain trigger point injections may provide relief. If however the pain keeps returning a Botox injection to the muscles may be considered. Botox injections are a non-surgical treatment that alleviates chronic intractable pain by relaxing the muscles. While it is more commonly known for its use in cosmetic treatments, Botox is also an important tool in pain management.
Botox injections make therapeutic use of the botulinum toxin type A, a toxin produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Small amounts of the toxin, when diluted, can be safely injected into muscles to relieve pain. Botox works by blocking certain nerve signals that control muscle activity and can be used to treat uncontrolled muscle contractions and to relax chronically contracted muscles.