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I suffer from severe shoulder p​ain. I’ve heard that Botox can help. Is that true?

“For years, Botulinum toxin—better known as Botox—has proven to be a safe and effective way to fight facial wrinkles and frown lines. Now, Botox injections are being used to help ease the pain of shoulder problems, tension headaches and muscle spasms,” says Ahmed Sewielam, M.D., a specialist in Pain Management at Kelsey-Seybold’s Main Campus and Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center locations. “Botox is also useful in controlling spasms following brain and spinal cord injuries. It works by disconnecting the nerve cells that cause pain.”

Dr. Sewielam says that Botox is just one way to manage pain, and that many cutting-edge pharmacological and technological tools are available to patients.

“Chronic pain is a disease in itself and not just a symptom of a disease or condition, or a natural part of aging. Pain should never be ignored,” says Dr. Sewielam.

“If other methods of shoulder pain relief, such as prescription or over-the-counter medications, acupuncture, a hot or cold compress, massage or home remedies, have not worked for you, you should see a physician. Chronic pain is the type of pain that lingers for a long time and can be a challenge to treat,” adds Dr. Sewielam. “Schedule a comprehensive pain assessment or consultation to find out what treatment is right for you to help you restore your day-to-day functioning and improve your quality of life.”

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Ahmed Sewielam, MD, FIPP

​Chronic pain is a disease and our team approaches it through a multi-modality approach to help improve patients’ lifestyles and the way they function. I like to provide my patients with ample information about their chronic pain and the different pain management options available to them.