A study presented at the Anesthesiology 2012™ annual meeting revealed Botulinum toxin type A (BOTOX) injections significantly improve pain and quality of life in people with chronic bilateral posterior neck and shoulder myofascial pain syndrome.
Traditional therapies for the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome include medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen or naproxen), steroids and muscle relaxants, physical therapy and behavioral modification.
“At best, long-term benefit with traditional therapies is transient and unpredictable,” said Andrea L. Nicol, M.D., M.S., Director of Research — UCLA Pain Management Center, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology — Division of Pain Management, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “Even with these treatments, some people with myofascial pain syndrome get an incomplete benefit or no benefit at all.”
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