In addition to treating wrinkles, Botox treatment are useful for treating chronic pain. The most common pain problem treated is resistant muscle spasms of the neck, shoulders or back. Resistant headaches, either migraines or chronic tension headaches, are also commonly treated with botulinum toxin.
Botox injections have also been used as a treatment for piriformis syndrome or cervical dystonia (torticollis).
BOTOX is in a class of medications called neurotoxins and when injected into muscles, blocks the nerve signals that cause the tightening of muscle, leading to muscle relaxation. Thus, BOTOX may offer advantages over traditional therapies for myofascial pain syndrome due to its prolonged and sustained effects.
Injecting Botox directly into the knee joint relieved pain and improved function among people with severe knee osteoarthritis after one month.