Botox Therapeutic® is a non-invasive, effective treatment for many medical conditions with a greater than 20-year track record for safety. It has been approved for use in children as young as age two.
Dr. Sweeney was trained in the use of Botox Therapeutic® in 2003. She successfully uses it to treat temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) pain, migraine headache and other forms of headache and jaw pain, neck and back pain (from muscle tension) as well as for hyperhidrosis (excessive perspiration) of the underarms, palms and soles. The treatment consists of a series of injections either into the affected muscles or area of sweating. The Botox® acts by blocking the communication between the nerve and the muscle or sweat gland by blocking the release of the neurotransmitter acetyl choline from the nerve. Treatment is practically painless as Dr. Sweeney uses the tiniest of needle and without down time. Results last 4-6 months. Pain from the condition may be partially or fully improved over the course of the therapeutic effect. For many patients, satisfaction is high even without complete resolution of pain because the frequency of analgesic and other medication use drops, loss of productivity and lost work days declines and quality of life improves.
Potential for side effects are low.
Some extended health plans may cover a portion of the treatment cost especially for conditions where Botox Therapeutic® is approved for use such as migraine headache and hyperhidrosis.
It might be interesting to note that Botox Therapeutic® has been used in other centers to treat spasticity conditions in children, over active bladder, and prostate enlargement to mention just a few of its other medical applications.