Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Botox Ineffective for Neck Pain


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Although Botox injections (botulinum toxin) are FDA approved for chronic migraine (15 or more days of migraine a month), according to a research study from this summer, they probably do not help with neck pain. Neck pain is a common feature / symptom of migraine disease, ranking up there with nausea, photophobia and phonophobia among the most frequently experienced symptoms.

According to this study, which was a review of existing research studies on this issue, Botox does not help relieve neck pain, nor does it increase the patient's ability to function or improve his / her quality of life. Researchers concluded the lackluster results were not worth the risk to patients of being exposed to botulinum toxin.

However, researchers did note that some of the studies they reviewed had serious limitations. For instance, some studies had not kept patients in the dark about whether they were receiving Botox or placebo. In other words, they were not blind studies, which is considered to be an essential feature of any worthwhile research study.

Researchers said that exercise is currently the best option for treatment of neck pain. They said injections of steroids or anesthetics can also help, though less significantly than exercise.

Source:
Does Botox Help Neck Pain?

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