New Study: Botox for Shoulder and Neck Pain

Botox is more than just a wrinkle corrector. It’s an effective treatment for a number of medical conditions such as overactive bladder, migraines, excessive sweating and now possibly chronic neck and shoulder pain, according to new research.

The preliminary study, which was presented at an annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), followed 118 patients who had been experiencing chronic neck and shoulder pain for at least two months. Patients were broken up into two groups – Botox (botulinum toxin type A) or placebo (inactive substance).

The results showed that patients who received the Botox injections had a much greater reduction in pain than the placebo group. The Botox group of patients also experienced better sleep quality, less headaches, and improved quality of life in general.

Botox Injections for Chronic Pain: Study Conclusions

More research is needed, but study leaders feel that Botox may be a good option for people with chronic neck and shoulder pain – a condition known as myofascial pain syndrome – that hasn’t responded to traditional treatments like steroid injections, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants and physical therapy.

“At best, long-term benefit with traditional therapies is transient and unpredictable. Even with these treatments, some people with myofascial pain syndrome get incomplete benefit or no benefit at all,” study author Dr. Andrea Nicol, director of research at the UCLA Pain Management Center, said in an ASA news release.

Other Non-Cosmetic Uses for Botox Injections

Since its introduction to the market nearly 20 years ago, Botox has become somewhat of a miracle drug. Its uses extend far beyond the scope of cosmetic enhancement and include the following conditions:

  • Incontinence (overactive bladder)
  • Blepharospasm (eyelid twitching)
  • Strabismus (Lazy eye)
  • Hyperhidrosis(excessive sweating)
  • Migraine headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ)