Botox is widely associated with cosmetic interventions when, in fact, the substance has several other uses in the medical world. Also, people generally believe that the botulinum toxin is only ever injected in the face area to give people a younger looking face free from wrinkles and frowns, this is incorrect.
You might be surprised to hear that Botox is used in the treatment of pain. One injection can ease arthritis, cancer and migraines, all without side effects. As Botox blocks the “communication” between the muscles and the nerve cells, it can stop pain signals from being transmitted, and amazingly, one injection can make someone pain free for months at a time.
Fears that the area could be paralysed led a Sheffield university researcher to an important discovery: he took the pain-relieving part of Botox and combined it with a friendly part of a similar poison – the tetanus toxin. Professor Daveltov reported that pain killers relieve lingering pain only temporarily and might cause unwanted side-effects so by injecting this new molecule at the site of pain, the patient could be pain-free for months.
Painkillers are known to increase the risk of heart attack and, in many fields of medicine, the pain management is just as important as developing new treatments.
If this innovation proves successful, this could revolutionise the treatment of pain.