Botox Injection

Botox can offer short-term relief from muscle spasm, a common cause of chronic pain. We advise that you receive an initial diagnostic muscle injection with anaesthetic to confirm the correct muscle is targeted. After the area of interest has been confirmed, Botox is administered on a follow-up appointment.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY EXAM?

  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment. If you are late, your examination may have to be postponed.
  • You will be required to purchase the Botox at a pharmacy and bring it with you to your appointment.
  • Since Botox must be kept frozen until the time of the procedure, our pain therapy department will advise you on the best way to fill your prescription before the procedure.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY EXAM?

  • We may provide you with a comfortable clinic gown to change into (depending on the area being treated).
  • Your technologist will explain the consent form, procedure details, and answer any questions before escorting you to the treatment suite where you will be greeted by the radiologist.
  • The radiologist will clean the skin and inject a local anaesthetic, similar to the freezing you would get at the dentist.
  • Depending on a variety of factors, including the area being treated, the radiologist will typically use ultrasound guidance to inject the Botox solution using a sterile needle.
  • After being checked post-injection, you are free to leave with no recovery time required.

POST-EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  • Please rest during the 24 hours after your injection, avoiding heavy activity and aggressive physical therapy or rehabilitation sessions for 24-48 hours.
  • Be aware of your pain and stop if it hurts too much.
  • Please advise your physiotherapist that you have had this injection so they can modify your exercises if necessary.

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

Botox gradually relaxes the muscle over a few days.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

You will be required to purchase the Botox at a pharmacy and bring it with you to your appointment. Prices will vary for the Botox; however, the actual procedure is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. It is not currently offered at our Saskatchewan clinic.

For Your Appointment

Please ensure that you bring your requisition with to your appointment.

Questions?

Duration

15-20 minutes

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does the injection take to work?

There may be mild tenderness at the site of injection or bruising. As the Botox begins to relax the muscle, your pain should gradually decrease. Take Tylenol or anti-inflammatories if pain persists.

How long will the injection last?

Typically, Botox will last for 3-6 months depending on the location, muscle bulk, and strength. If an injection doesn’t relieve the pain, you may need further evaluation.

How many injections can I have and how often?

These injections can be repeated if effective. With time, they may have a longer-lasting effect.

What are the side effects?

A common side effect of an injection is mild pain or bruising around the area. Over-the-counter pain medication or icing the area can help. Very rare side effects may include infection or migration of Botox into adjacent soft tissues, such as other muscles or nerves.