Courtesy of Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine

Over 25 million Americans suffer from frequent and incapacitating chronic headaches, also defined as migraines. Amazingly, it is estimated that about half of those Americans do not even know that they are suffering from migraines, instead attributing their headaches to sinus and other problems.

So, the question becomes, how do you define a chronic headache sufferer? According to American medical standards, it is an individual who endures up to six headaches per week. Unfortunately, 11% of the population in the United States fits this chronic headache definition. To add to their pain, many have tried many medications that have either not worked or have caused intolerable side effects such as dizziness, nausea, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating.

On the upside, the Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment of Botox provides relief from chronic migraine headaches without the debilitating side effects that are often present in other treatments. The technical name for the treatment is botulinum toxins.

While Botox had been primarily associated with cosmetic treatments, botulinum toxins have been highly effective in treating many neurological conditions, including cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, and limb spasticity. Best of all, it has a track record of being safe and effective that goes back over 20 years.

In our medical experience, there are few medical treatments that can so drastically change a person’s life as Botox for chronic headaches. Indeed, for many patients it is nothing short of miraculous. Patients respond to Botox treatments, even if they have been headache sufferers for decades, frequently experiencing a 90% reduction in their migraine attacks. And, while there are other medical providers offering Botox injections for migraines, the physicians at Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine (BuffSpine) have a strong record of results in treating migraines and in receiving positive feedback from patients.

Studies have shown that patients receiving Botox for headaches experience up to 5 headaches less a month as compared to placebos. (Each headache can last several days, resulting in up to a 10-day headache reduction.) However, these numbers are very conservative based on the experience we have seen in our own patients at BuffSpine. Our experienced physicians combine injections of the neck with the head and facial muscles, and patients typically report up to a 90% reduction of headache severity and frequency.

To learn more about BuffSpine’s record for providing highly effective clinical treatment for chronic migraine headaches using Botox, call 716-626-0093. Also, take our Chronic Migraine Questionnaire at Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine has three convenient locations in Western New York. You can visit us in Williamsville, Buffalo, and Orchard Park. Visit for more information.