Botox® for headache /migraine/ trigeminal neuralgia
Botox® is used in selected patients in the treatment of chronic headache/ migraine/facial pain, where this pain is caused by facial muscle spasm.
A medical history and clinical exam is performed.
You are assessed to see if you have evidence of clenching of your jaw muscles or grinding of your teeth. Grinding and clenching cause muscle spasm which in turn causes pain.
Other potential causes of your discomfort / pain are out ruled. Examples include dental decay/infection, cancer of mouth throat or brain.
If the chronic headache/migraine/facial pain is secondary to spasm in the muscles of chewing (Masseter, Temporalis, lateral and medial Pterygoid muscles) then Botox® may be effective in reducing muscle spasm.
Treatment involves injecting Botox® into the muscle groups.It is important to give correct doses to each muscle as otherwise the condition may be
worsened. It involves a series of 14-16 injections in total.
The Botox® acts by reducing the spasm then reduces the frequency and intensity of pain.This also prevents further grinding and damage to the teeth.