The biggest pain in the neck about getting older may literally be a pain in the neck. Joint and muscle pain with varying degrees of intensity is part of the aging process.
Some doctors believe that Botox, the well known anti-aging formula commonly used as an injectable for fine lines and wrinkles may also have a role in long-term pain management.
Botox injections used in combination with a program of physical therapy have been found to dramatically reduce age-related neck pain caused by muscles that contract chronically. Sometimes referred to as “knots,” these contracts are painful and often impervious to conventional treatments including massage and exercise alone.
The recent findings regarding the use of Botox for neck pain are consistent with previous research with the injections for other muscle-related conditions. Botox injections provide from 3 to 6 months of relief depending on the location and type of disorder causing the pain.
The effects of a Botox injection are local only. There are none of the side effects commonly associated with pain medications including that groggy, sedated feeling and overall sense of fatigue and potentially dizziness or balance issues.
Always consult a doctor if you are suffering from chronic neck pain to investigate your therapy options. Although there are more conventional ways to treat neck pain, Botox is offering new hope for people who have exhausted these avenues and still experiencing pain, discomfort, and inconvenience.
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