Q & A
What is injection therapy?
Injection therapy uses a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. When injected, the drug can paralyze muscles in your face. It’s often used to smooth out wrinkles. However, injection therapy can also be used to treat chronic migraines.
Injection therapy works by weakening specific muscles or blocking nerves. The effects of an injection can last anywhere from 3-12 months, depending on a variety of factors. The most common side effects you might experience are local bruising, swelling, or pain.
How does injection therapy treat migraines?
The botulinum toxin in injection therapy is injected locally and reduces the harmful effects of pain pathways that specific nerve cells activate.
A sensory pathway called the trigeminovascular system is believed to play a part in the pain of a migraine attack. By weakening certain muscles in your face that are a part of this system, injection therapy helps reduce the headache aspect of your migraine attacks.
Am I a good candidate for injection therapy treatment for my migraines?
Dr. Glaser only recommends injection therapy if you suffer from migraines at least 15 times per month and abortive and preventive medications have failed.
There are other ways to treat chronic migraines, and it’s essential to have a thorough discussion with Dr. Glaser to determine if injection therapy is a good treatment option for you.
The staff at Glaser Pain Relief Center is experienced in the diagnosis and pain management of migraines and can help you make an informed decision about whether or not to opt for injection therapy to treat your migraine attacks.
Is injection therapy safe?
When performed by a medical professional at Glaser Pain Relief Center, yes, injection therapy is perfectly safe and should not result in harmful side effects. However, it’s important to note that there are risks involved and side effects can occur, although serious ones are rare.
Some potential side effects of injection therapy include:
- Crooked smiles
- Droopy eyelids
- Dry eyes or excessive tearing
- Flu-like symptoms
- Local bruising or pain
It’s rare, but more severe side effects can occur, such as muscle weakness, loss of vision, or bladder dysfunction. If you notice any of these side effects that persist following your injection therapy, see Dr. Glaser immediately.
If you’d like to learn more about this cutting-edge treatment that is changing countless lives for the better, call or click to schedule an appointment with Dr. Glaser.
Glaser Pain Relief Center
Interventional Pain Management Specialist located in Encino, CA
Yes, injection therapy can help smooth out wrinkles, but did you know that it can also help you fight migraines? At Glaser Pain Relief Center in Encino, California, leading interventional pain management specialist, Jeffrey B. Glaser, MD, can provide medical injections as a method to lessen the debilitating effects of chronic migraines. Dr. Glaser also works with you to understand triggers of your migraines and to develop lifestyle modifications that complement injection therapy treatment. Call or click ‘Book Online’ to schedule an appointment today to learn more.