BOTOX® for Chronic Migraines and Spasticity

Dr. Andrew Davisson now offers BOTOX® treatment for chronic migraines and upper and lower limb spasticity.

Chronic Migraines

BOTOX® is used to help reduce headaches in patients 18+ with Chronic Migraines of more than 15 days per month with headaches lasting 4 hours a day or longer.  In addition to the pain, you may have any of the following symptoms: nausea or vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, seeing “spots,” pain on one side of the head behind the eye or eyeball.

Dr. Davisson will use a very small needle that feels like a pinprick and inject small amounts of BOTOX® into shallow muscles in the skin of your head and neck. Typically you will have 4 treatments a year that take about 15 minutes each.

During your first visit he will explain the procedure, the benefits you should expect to receive, how the treatment is given and any potential side effects.

Upper and Lower Limb Spasticity

BOTOX® also can help patients with spasticity where their muscles stiffen or tighten. The muscles remain contracted and resist being stretched, thus affecting movement and gait. Spasticity can happen because of damage to the nerve cells from medical conditions such as cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis or events such as a stroke or a serious injury to the brain or spinal cord.

We typically use BOTOX® therapy for spasticity when only a few muscle groups are involved and can be used in addition to other treatments for spasticity. Injections are given into your muscles during an outpatient visit which typically lasts 30 to 45 minutes. Most often the injections are repeated every 3 months. Physical or occupational therapy may be recommended after the injections to maximize the effect of the BOTOX® therapy. You will need to continue to stretch and exercise daily at home.

When you meet with Dr. Davisson to discuss if this treatment might be beneficial for you, he’ll explain how it works, what to expect from the procedure and any potential side effects. He also can consult with the specialist who is treating your overall medical condition which is causing your spasticity.