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BOTOX Offers Pain Relief, Benefits Trump Dangers

Update Date: Oct 15, 2012 10:38 AM EDT

While BOTOX often entire conversations as one of those big debate topics akin to politics and education, one thing that advocates could not say was that BOTOX was necessarily 'good for you' while avid critics could say that BOTOX had more potential dangers than it does benefits, the tide has flipped for debaters thanks to a study in the Anesthesiology 2012TM annual meeting which reveals that the procedure actually reduces pain and improves the quality of life in people with chronic bilateral posterior neck and shoulder myofascial pain syndrome.

Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, steroids and muscle relaxers has been traditionally used to treat pain from myofascial syndrome and while these therapies are transient and unpredictable, with no benefit at all for some, Andrea L. Nicol, M.D., M.S., Director of Research Division of Pain Management, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, reveals that BOTOX is a quick fix procedure that provides immediate alleviation.

BOTOX, though known as a medical procedure that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines, is also currently used to treat painful medical conditions such as chronic headaches and migraines and spasticity and cervical dystonia.

Dr. Nicol Confirms that because "BOTOX is in a class of medications called neurotoxins and when injected into muscles, blocks the nerve signals that cause the tightening of muscle, leading to muscle relaxation," it may offer advantages over traditional therapies for myofascial pain syndrome due to its prolonged and sustained effects.

Analysis of results which included subjects with mild to severe myofascial pain who underwent BOTOX injections versus a test group who received placebo injections showed that The former group received greater reductions in, headaches that were previously reported as a result of the syndrome, a reduction of pain interference in general activity like sleeping or enjoyment and an overall decrease pain scores than the latter group.The findings suggest that despite the opinion of those who suggest BOTOX perpetuates a systemic illusion of beauty, it may be a viable treatment option for those suffering from chronic face, head neck and shoulder pain, more so than traditional therapies

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