Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts at least 12 weeks. When an injury occurs, pain signals travel from the injured area to your brain. Pain will usually become less severe as the injury heals. However, with chronic pain, your body continues to send pain signals to your brain, even after an injury heals.Using Nerve Blocks, we can disrupt these signals, to reduce pain.
Botox for cosmetic purposes is well known. Less well known is its use for pain. Botox injections are very effective for headaches and can often relieve pain for 3-6 months. At our clinic we have experience treating other areas of pain with Botox including back pain, neck and shoulder pain. Health Canada has approved Botox as preventive treatment for Chronic Migraine.
The International Headache Society defines episodic migraine as being unilateral, pulsing discomfort of moderate-to-severe intensity, which is aggravated by physical activity and associated with nausea and/or vomiting as well as photophobia and/or phonophobia (sensitivity to light and sound).
Botox injections are not covered by MSP for headaches or chronic pain. However, many private insurers will cover most of the costs of Botox for chronic migraine. There is a separate injection fee for the administration of Botox by the physician.