Many people are familiar with the use of Botox injections to treat facial wrinkles. It is a very popular treatment, especially for forehead wrinkles and wrinkles around the eyes. It is a naturally derived substance that acts on the muscle, limiting the contractions that increase the visibility of wrinkles. What many patients don’t know is that this same medication can be beneficial for treating a number of other conditions as well.
Migraines can be a truly debilitating condition for those who suffer from them. They cause symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to light, and are often nearly impossible to treat. Botox injections in the temples, neck, and shoulders have been shown to treat migraines for many patients.
- Excessive Sweating
Botox can be injected through a fine needle under the skin where the sweat glands are found. It seems to exert some control on the nerves that control the sweat glands, decreasing sweat output. This treatment is most commonly used on the underarms and palms.
- Muscle Spasms
Botox works by acting as a local paralyzing agent. It is this paralyzing action on the muscle that makes it a functional treatment for muscle spasms in many areas of the body. Painful muscle spasms can occur in many locations, including clenching of the hands or jaw, eye twitches, or pelvic muscle spasms.
- Overactive Bladder
Overactive bladder is caused by unnecessary contraction of the bladder muscles. Similar to how the treatment works for muscle spasms, Botox injected into the bladder muscles can reduce the occurrence of these contractions, providing most patients with relief from the symptoms.
Doctors are still experimenting and learning about Botox, how it works, and what other conditions it may be able to treat. If you are interested in learning more about Botox, call Dr. Kulak at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.