BOTOX® has a number of other therapeutic uses other than for cosmetic treatments. The list of indications is continually expanding. Some extended health plans will cover a prescription for BOTOX® if it is being used for therapeutic purposes.
The following is a summary of the other treatments we offer at Sanders Medical.
Hyperhidrosis is a socially embarrassing medical condition characterized by excessive perspiration. The most commonly affected areas of the body are the underarms, hands, feet, face, scalp and groin. Hyperhidrosis is often resistant to topical antiperspirants and surgical remedies are fraught with failures and potential complications. Botulinum (BOTOX®) can often provide remarkable relief for 6-12 months or longer after a single treatment. BOTOX® works by interfering with the signal sent by nerve endings to sweat glands. This effect is not permanent and sweating will return over time, therefore BOTOX® treatments must be repeated at intervals.
Underarm treatments are fairly straight forward. Discomfort is minimal and the procedure takes no more than 10 minutes in our office. For treating hyperhidrosis of the hands we use nerve blocks to decrease discomfort, but again this procedure is usually well tolerated. Other areas can be treated but it is best to come into the office and speak to one of our doctors for more detailed information.
Visit the British Medical Journal website for a study on the use of BOTOX® to treat hyperhidrosis.
Both tension and migraine type headaches have shown response to BOTOX®. It works by relaxing muscles thought to trigger headaches and by inhibiting other pain chemicals released by nerve endings. Tender trigger points can also be injected often with dramatic results.
Or temporomandibular joint pain refers to pain in the jaw joint that lies just in front of the ear. When the cause of TMJ pain is muscle spasm, and it often is, BOTOX® can provide dramatic relief. Injections are placed into the tender trigger points around the TMJ and results often last 3-4 months.
Can also be treated with BOTOX® where the cause of the pain is chronic muscle spasm. The target muscles are usually in and around the cervical spine. Tender trigger points respond very well to BOTOX® injections and the effects last several months on average.
Our doctors can formulate a treatment plan that addresses your specific concerns.