If you are considering therapeutic Botox ® in Vancouver, BC, first learn how medical Botox works to relieve the symptoms of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), migraine headaches, neck pain and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). Botox is a quick treatment that can provide long-lasting relief from many of the symptoms of these conditions.
For more information about therapeutic Botox, contact our Vancouver private medical clinic.
What medical conditions can Botox ® treat?
Botox 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 Botox for sweating work?
After multiple tiny injections, patients experience relief for an average of 7 months. Researchers have discovered that Botox injections effectively treat hyperhidrosis by blocking the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. A starch/Iodine test is done prior to the Botox treatment to outline the area where the sweat glands are the most active. Botox is then injected only into this area.
(Results vary by individual patient and results cannot be guaranteed)
Read more about hyperhidrosis.
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Botox is use 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 Botox 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 Botox for migraines work?
Migraines are a neurological (nerve-based) disease, which is why Botox, a nerve/muscle blocking agent, reduces symptoms. Botox is also effective for migraine prevention, and can reduce migraine frequency, severity, nausea, and associated use of pain medications.
Read more about migraine headaches.
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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 Botox 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 Botox for neck pain work?
Botox relaxes the neck muscles, inhibiting contractions that cause pain. A 2012 study revealed that Botox injections “significantly improve pain and quality of life in people with chronic bilateral posterior neck and shoulder myofascial pain syndrome.”
(Results vary by individual patient and results cannot be guaranteed)
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 Botox.
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 Botox for TMJ work?
Botox is injected into specific muscles in the face and neck. Botox 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 Botox® treatments?
If you suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), migraine headaches, neck pain or TMJ disorder, you may be a candidate for therapeutic Botox treatments. Consult your doctor, or contact our Vancouver, BC Canada medical clinic for more information about medical Botox.
Medical Botox contraindications:
Do not have medical Botox treatments if you are allergic to Botulinum toxin or any Botox ingredients; 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 Botox prescribing information.
Other neuromodulator treatment options
Botox is in a family of medications known as neuromodulators. Other neuromodulators that may relieve symptoms of excessive sweating, migraines, neck pain and TMJ include:
More information about Medical Botox ®
- botoxmedical.com patient education and safety
- migrainetrust.org Botox information