Specialized Injection Therapy for Headaches
Serving Denver, Broomfield, Westminster, Boulder, Arvada, and surrounding areas
Millions of people suffer from chronic headaches in the United States. Many suffer from tension headaches, migraines or a combination of the two. Traditional treatments for headaches include medications that have many side effects, are costly, and often not effective. In fact, one of the most common headache types is ‘medication overuse headache’, which is actually caused by the medications people take to improve headaches! For these reasons, doctors and patients continue to seek solutions for chronic headaches that don’t involve having to take pills.
Broomfield and Westminster: Botox for Headaches
Most headaches, regardless of classification, involve some degree of muscle tension or spasm, so newer therapies target the muscles, helping them to relax. These new treatments involve a combination of injections of botulinum toxin (BotoxTM) and injections of lidocaine into specific muscle groups, called trigger point injections. Botox is used to treat a number of neuromuscular conditions, including chronic migraine. It is injected into several muscle groups in the face and head, relaxing those muscles. Trigger point injections are administered in the neck and upper back in order to relax tight muscle knots in these areas. The combination can significantly reduce headache, neck pain and associated muscle spasm and tension. Botox injections are performed typically once every 3 months. Trigger point injections are performed more frequently, depending on the severity of pain and the response to treatment. These procedures are simple, safe, and effective. The goal of treatment is to reduce the frequency and severity of headaches, reduce dependence on other medications, and improve quality of life.
In 2010, the FDA approved the use of Botox to treat chronic migraines in adults. About 12% of the US population lives with this debilitating condition, and the problem is most frequently found in women.
Botox relaxes the muscles around where it is injected, and therefore, can ease muscle tension in the head and neck. Each Botox treatment lasts about 3 months, and results are best with continued usage.
In our Broomfield, Colorado office, Dr. Janowski is trained to inject Botox in the areas clinically proven to relieve headache tension. Even if you don’t have clinically diagnosed migraine headaches, Botox can be used to relieve symptoms and lessen the frequency of headaches.
The number of units will vary based on the severity of your concerns. Insurance may cover the cost of the procedure, however for insurance to cover care, you must be diagnosed with chronic migraine syndrome and work with us in advance to have your procedure pre-authorized by your insurance carrier. If you’d like to learn more about the use of Botox to treat your head and neck pain, contact us today or call 303.469.0064 to set up an appointment.[/vc_column_text]
I have been involved in way too many accidents, suffering from 7 traumatic brain injuries. I had severe cervicogenic headaches until I had botox done with Dr. Janowski. I had been a former patient of the Interventional Pain Clinic @ the University of CO with no success after having botox injected every 3 months there. Dr. Janowski gets the botox in the spot where I do not have daily debilitating headaches anymore. I also am able to have Medicare partially cover this after I submit the claim to them. Technique is EVERYTHING!! – Chris Peabody
*Results may vary from patient to patient