Pain Consultants of West Florida Provide Comprehensive Pain Relief To Patients
At Pain Consultants of West Florida we provide unique comprehensive solutions for our patients. Through the integration of multiple specialties and modalities, we are able to provide a complete pain relief solution for our patients. Below are the reasons why Pain Consultants of West Florida is the trusted pain solution for treating pain. Be painless, today.
Integration of multiple specialties
Pain Consultants of West Florida takes an integrated approach to pain management. This means we incorporate many different specialties when treating pain. Since everyone’s pain is unique, we recognize the need to have access to an array of different specialists and procedures modalities. For more information on our procedures, make sure to visit our Pain Management Procedure page or our Education section. Feel free to call us to schedule an appointment at one of our locations and be painless!
Pain Consultants of West Florida is a unique comprehensive pain management clinic. This is due to our strategic partnerships with multiple specialists, including two within our Pensacola location. Panhandle Orthopedic and Psychological Associates provide two different pain relief services on site. This allows greater flexibility in treating your pain. For a more detailed lists of our partners, give us a call or visit our location closest to you. Let’s be painless, today.
When you leave the office, we make sure the healing process follows your with comprehensive home education for your ailment. If you have more questions about your procedure or pain condition, make sure to visit our education library or our patient library. Be painless and let us manage your pain, together.
Botox Information and Consent Form
Botulinum Toxin Type A Injection for Treatment of Chronic Headaches, Dystonia, Spasticity, or Other Painful Syndromes
Dystonia, and other similar syndromes, are neurologic disorders manifested by involuntary, sustained contractions (spasms) of muscles producing abnormal postures. Injections of botulinum toxin type A (Botox), a protein that causes temporary weakness of the injected muscles, may provide effective relief for dystonia, hemifacial spasm (involuntary twitching of one side of the face), spasticity, headaches, and other painful conditions due to involuntary muscle contractions. Studies involving many patients have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of this form of treatment.
Botulinum toxin type A has been approved by the FDA for treatment of chronic headaches, blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm, cervical dystonia, and pain related to cervical dystonia but not for spasticity or other muscle pain. However, the American Academy of Neurology has deemed this drug safe and effective in the treatment of oromandibular, cervical, spasmodic, and focal dystonia. In addition, the National Institutes of Health has also issued a consensus statement that this drug is effective and safe in treating these disorders.
In addition to dystonia, recent clinical reports in the medical literature indicate that botulinum toxin type A treatments are safe and effective in the treatment of muscle spasticity (involuntary spasms often seen after spinal cord injury, head injury, and other neurologic disorders). Patients that have had head injuries and strokes often have symptoms with elements of both spasticity and dystonia.
Alternatives to botulinum toxin type A therapy include medications taken by mouth such as diazepam, benztropine, clonazepam, baclofen, and others. Additionally, certain physical therapies may be beneficial in the disorder as well.
The procedure will consist of the following: You will receive the botulinum toxin type A by injection into the muscle through the skin. The skin will be cleaned with an alcohol pad. You will usually receive three needle sticks to each muscle for even distribution of the drug and approximately 0.3 cc of fluid (less than a teaspoon) will be injected with each needle insertion.
Botulinum toxin type A may relieve symptoms for three to six months. You may notice some improvement within the next 72 hours but may not notice anything for up to two weeks. If at any time you are uncomfortable during the procedure, please let us know.
Potential benefits of this treatment would include reduction of frequency and severity of headaches, reduction in painful
spasms, increased ability to range a joint such as the ankle, knee, or arm, potential to increase the speed of walking and other functional abilities, and potential for certain physical therapies to be performed more easily, such as splinting and casting.
There are risks involved in botulinum toxin type A injections. Common side effects include muscle weakness that may affect function of the limb treated, local bruising, and discomfort at the injection site. There are other conditions listed below in which these injections are performed. The common side effects related to the following disorders and their treatment include:
For treatment of headache:
- Ptosis (eyelid drooping)
- Neck Pain
- Focal headache
For treatment of Blepharospasm (involuntary eye closing):
- Ptosis (eyelid drooping)
- Diplopia (double vision)
- Burning and Pain
- Eyelid swelling and bruising
For treatment of Oromandibular dystonia:
- Dysphasia (swallowing and chewing difficulties)
- Dysarthria (talking difficulty)
For treatment of Cervical dystonia:
- Singing difficulty
- Neck weakness
Rare side effects have been reported but are not necessarily a result of the botulinum toxin. These include:
- Muscle soreness
- Difficulty breathing
- Abdominal Pain
Special Warning of Risk to Females of Childbearing Potential
The effects of botulinum toxin type A on human babies are unknown, but could cause harm. For this reason it is necessary to:
– Use adequate birth control to avoid getting pregnant while receiving treatment.
Inform us immediately if you get pregnant.
– This treatment may cause an allergic reaction. Potentially, this reaction could be severe and life threatening.
– As is true of all medications in medical treatment, there is always the possibility of a new or unexpected risk.
For the reasons stated above, if you have any worrisome symptoms please notify us immediately at (850) 494-0000.