If you are considering therapeutic neuromodulator treatments in Vancouver, BC, first learn how they work to relieve the symptoms of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), migraine headaches, neck pain and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). Neuromodulators are a quick treatment that can provide long-lasting relief from many of the symptoms of these conditions.
For more information about therapeutic neuromodulator treatments, contact our Vancouver private medical clinic.
What medical conditions can it treat?
Neuromodulator injections have been found to be extremely effective for treating the following conditions.
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
Hyperhidrosis, when not a symptom of another condition such as infection, obesity, hyperthyroidism or menopause, is often an idiopathic condition (has no known cause) though there seems to be a strong genetic link. People with excessive sweating experience physical discomfort, social anxiety and even a loss of self-esteem. Many hyperhidrosis sufferers go to great lengths to hide the problem: they may layer clothing (even in hot weather), wear loose-fitting clothing, under arm sweat pads and employ ritual of “self-checks” to ensure that sweat isn’t showing.
Hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating – even at rest – that interferes with daily activities. The condition can affect almost any part of the body, but most often affects:
- Hands (palmar hyperhidrosis)
- Armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis)
- Feet (plantar hyperhidrosis)
How does it work for sweating?
After multiple tiny injections, patients experience relief for an average of 7 months. Researchers have discovered that neuromodulator injections effectively treat hyperhidrosis by blocking the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. A starch/Iodine test is done prior to the treatment to outline the area where the sweat glands are the most active. It is then injected only into this area.
Read more about hyperhidrosis.
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Neuromodulators are used to control chronic migraines with injections to the face, scalp, and neck. A quick in-office procedure can reduce headaches for approximately 3 months. An often pleasant “side effect” of the injections for migraines is that the appearance of forehead wrinkles may be reduced.
- Throbbing pain in the head, eye pain.
- One-sided pain (usually).
- Pain near the eye.
- Pain worsens with exertion or physical activity.
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound.
How does it work for migraines?
Migraines are a neurological (nerve-based) disease, which is why a neuromodulator, a nerve/muscle blocking agent, reduces symptoms. It is also effective for migraine prevention, and can reduce migraine frequency, severity, nausea, and associated use of pain medications.
Read more about migraine headaches.
Dr Frame and his staff have changed my life! I suffer from debilitating migraines. In November 2012 after a 16 day migraine I went to see Dr. Frame about neuromodulator injections to relieve my migraines. Dr. Frame was thorough and extremely knowledgeable about the topic, and he took time with me during the consultation. I was nervous the first time but they held my hand and it all went well. The next day I woke up with out a headache for the first time in for as long as I can remember!! I still get migraines but they are now a headache which I can cope with. I no longer loose days or weeks of my life. Thank you Dr. Frame!
Neck pain may be caused by stress, bad posture, overexertion, muscle strain, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, or viral infections. Neck pain can also be caused by extreme muscle contractions of cervical dystonia.
Treatments may include physiotherapy, stretching, neck strengthening, applications of cold/heat, muscle relaxants, pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, intra-muscular stimulation, acupuncture, and neuromodulator injections.
Neck pain symptoms
- Pain or tenderness.
- Lack of mobility.
- Difficulty performing routine tasks.
- Inability to participate in physical activities or exercise.
- Sleep disturbance.
How does it work for neck pain?
Neuromodulators relax the neck muscles, inhibiting contractions that cause pain. A 2012 study revealed that neuromodulator injections “significantly improve pain and quality of life in people with chronic bilateral posterior neck and shoulder myofascial pain syndrome.”
Read more about neck pain.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
TMJ, or more accurately TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), is a condition characterized by acute, sometimes chronic jaw pain that can be caused by injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck. Treatments include muscle relaxants, pain medications, and surgery, and neuromodulators.
TMJ is a cluster of symptoms and sometimes it’s difficult to determine the exact cause of the disorder. TMJD may be caused by one or more of the following:
- Teeth grinding or clenching.
- Arthritis in the joint.
- Response to stress.
- Pain in the face, jaw joint, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when chewing, speaking, or opening the mouth wide.
- Difficulty opening the mouth wide.
- Stuck or locked jaw when the mouth is opened or closed.
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint.
- Trouble chewing.
- Swelling on the side of the face.
How does it work for TMJ?
Neuromodulators are injected into specific muscles in the face and neck. TMJ treatments can provide long lasting relief to the pain and discomfort associated with the disorder.
Read more about TMJ disorder.
Am I a good candidate for therapeutic neuromodulator treatments?
If you suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), migraine headaches, neck pain or TMJ disorder, you may be a candidate for therapeutic neuromodulator treatments. Consult your doctor, or contact our Vancouver, BC Canada medical clinic for more information.
Do not have medical neuromodulator treatments if you are allergic to Botulinum toxin; infection near the site of injections; neurological disorders (myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, ALS, or Lambert Eaton syndrome); or, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
For more complete information on contraindications, please consult a doctor. See prescribing information.
More information about therapeutic neuromodulator treatments:
- botoxmedical.com patient education and safety
- migrainetrust.org Botox information