This treatment is effective in treating chronic pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia: botulinum toxin infiltration.
What is trigeminal neuralgia?
Trigeminal neuralgia is a neurological disorder that causes episodes of severe facial pain. This pain is usually caused by irritation or damage to the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for transmitting tactile sensations from the face to the brain.. Pain can be triggered by everyday activities such as talking, chewing or even smiling.
Conventional pharmacological treatment
Conventional treatment for trigeminal neuralgia usually consists of the administration of anticonvulsant drugs, antidepressants and analgesics, which aim to control pain. However, in some cases, patients may experience undesirable side effects or find insufficient relief from these medications.
Botulinum toxin infiltration: a promising alternative
In the pain unit at Clínica San Román, we offer botulinum toxin infiltration as an alternative treatment for those patients who have not obtained pain relief with conventional pharmacological treatments.
Botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, is a substance produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Although popularly associated with cosmetic treatments, it also has therapeutic applications in a variety of medical conditions, including trigeminal neuralgia.
How does botulinum toxin infiltration work?
The treatment consists of injecting small amounts of botulinum toxin into the facial muscles affected by the trigeminal nerve. The toxin acts by blocking the release of neurotransmitters responsible for pain transmission, which reduces nerve activity and consequently reduces pain.
Advantages of botulinum toxin infiltration
Effective in cases of resistance to conventional pharmacological treatments.
Rapid pain relief: patients can experience improvement in just a few days after treatment.
Fewer side effects compared to pharmacological treatments.
It can be performed on an outpatient basis, without the need for hospitalization.
Botulinum toxin infiltration represents a novel and promising alternative for those patients suffering from trigeminal neuralgia who have not found relief with conventional pharmacological treatments. If you suffer from this condition and would like to learn more about this treatment, do not hesitate to contact our team of specialists.