Botox injections have a number of potential uses beyond treating crow’s feet and frown lines. A new study from Case Western Reserve University shows that Botox can be part of a treatment to permanently end migraine headaches.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, doctors have long used Botox treatment directly into the head, neck or shoulders to temporarily relieve migraine headaches.
In this latest study, researchers used Botox injections to find the “trigger point” of a patient’s migraines. Each patient received a Botox injection to one of several sites until they reported a decrease in migraine pain. Once that site was identified, doctors performed a minor surgery to permanently deactivate the nerves in that area.
Researchers were pleased with the results, as 57% of patients who received the surgery reported that it eliminated their migraines.
While that seems to be a fantastic treatment rate, some migraine specialists are skeptical that these results can be duplicated. Dr. William Young at Thomas Jefferson University told the Los Angeles Times that it “seemed too good to be true.” Another migraine specialist wonders if the patients were experiencing a placebo effect because they weren’t told if they received the actual surgery or not.
The article concludes that more research will be needed to see if this Botox-assisted surgery can permanently cure migraine headaches.
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