Interesting that this came up. A friend was wondering the same thing so I did a little research (and have a post about
it planned for my blog soon). Reading through the medical literature, the studies that have been done regarding botox for myofascial pain (beyond headaches) are few, and overall not very optimistic. However, the biggest issue with all of the studies is that the sample size is really too small to get a good result. Out of 5 published studies in one review only 1 showed that botox helped myofascial pain any more than a saline injection. That said, based on what I've read I'd give it a try if I had a doctor willing to do it and it would be covered by insurance.
There are many types of trigger point injections, the most common are lidocaine and steroids, saline is also used, as is botox. The general gist of the research is that lidocaine seems to be the most effective (based on studies), but again research is slim and most often not well designed.
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