Botox / Dysport Intramuscular Injections
What is a Botox / Dysport Injection?
- Botulinum Toxin type A (commercially available as Botox or Dysport) has been used for years to treat spasticity in juvenile cerebral palsy and more recently in cosmetic surgery.
- When used for pain management, Botox is designed to stop muscle spasming for a period of up to 4 months.
- Local anaesthetic and Botox are injected onto the spasming muscle, usually the shoulder, neck and/or back areas.
- Possible side effects include headache, flu-like symptoms, paralysis of muscle outside the area of spasm (rare), temporary exacerbation of pain and irritation of nerves at site of injection.
- For more information, read our educational news article on Intramuscular Botox for Pain.
Prior to the Procedure
- If you are taking any blood thining products you will need to check with the clinic if you are required to cease this prior to your injection procedure.
- You may continue to take aspirin.
- You will need to organise someone to drive you home after the procedure as you will not be able to drive for 4 hours after your procedure.
What Will Happen?
- The Medical Officer will speak with you prior to your injection.
- The tender spots (or trigger points) will be palpated and marked with a marking pen.
- The area will then be cleaned with a chlorhexidine solution or alcohol wipe.
- Botox and local anaesthetic will be injected.
- It will take approximately 5 days to start working.
- You may experience some discomfort at the site of the injection until the Botox takes effect.
- The injection procedure takes approximately 15 minutes to attend.
- After your injection you will be allowed home with your driver.
- Gentle activity and rest is recommended for the first 24 hours following the procedure. You may then return to normal activity.
- The local anaesthetic will wear off in next 12 – 18 hours.
- Botox will take approximately 5 days to start working.
- During the first 5 days you may experience some pain at the site of the injection and some flu-like symptoms.
- Botox will remain effective for approximately 3 months.
If you require further explanation of the procedure, please contact Hunter Pain Clinic nursing staff on (02) 4985 1800.
* Image by Sarah G (Own work) [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dm-set/3846819118