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Physiatry, also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation, is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions that affect function and quality of life.

What is Physiatry?

Physiatry is a medical specialty that focuses on the non-surgical management of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Physiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, including spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injury, musculoskeletal pain, and other conditions that affect function and quality of life.

How Does Physiatry Work?

Physiatrists work with patients to develop personalized treatment plans that may include a combination of medications, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other non-surgical interventions. They work closely with other medical professionals, including our physiotherapists, chiropractors, and pain management specialists, to provide comprehensive care.

Benefits of Physiatry

Physiatry offers a range of benefits for patients with musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. It can help improve function and quality of life, reduce pain and discomfort, and prevent further injury. Physiatrists work with patients to develop long-term management plans to ensure ongoing care and support.

Conditions Treated by Physiatry

Physiatry can help manage a wide range of conditions, including spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injury, musculoskeletal pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and more. Physiatrists work with patients to diagnose and develop personalized treatment plans for their specific condition and needs.

Physiatrists can also provide certain injection therapies such as Botox for migraines.

Is a referral required?

Yes, a referral is required. Any Momentum Health or Evidence Sport and Spine Physiotherapist or Chiropractor has a Practitioner ID# and can provide a referral for you. You can also see your family physician.

Botox injections for migraines in Calgary

Migraines can be debilitating and impact one's quality of life. Botox has emerged as a promising treatment for chronic migraines. Let's explore what Botox is, how it works, and its potential benefits and side effects.

What is Botox?

Botox is a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes muscles. It is commonly used for cosmetic purposes but has also been FDA-approved for various medical conditions, including migraines.

How Does Botox Work for Migraines?

Botox for migraines involves injecting small doses of the toxin into specific areas of the head and neck muscles. It works by blocking the release of certain chemicals that trigger migraines.

Benefits of Botox for Migraines

Studies have shown that Botox can reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of migraines. It is also a safe and effective alternative for those who do not respond well to other migraine treatments.

Side Effects of Botox for Migraines

As with any medical treatment, Botox has potential side effects. Common side effects include temporary muscle weakness, neck pain, and headaches. It is important to consult with a medical professional to discuss any potential risks.

Am I a Candidate for Botox for Migraines?

Botox for migraines is typically recommended for individuals who have chronic migraines (15 or more headache days per month) and have not responded well to other treatments. We can help determine if Botox is right for you.

Botox for migraines can be a promising treatment option for those who suffer from chronic migraines. While it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with one of our medical professionals, Botox may offer relief and improved quality of life for those who are struggling with migraines.

Who provides Botox for Migraines?

At Momentum Health's sister clinic, Evidence Sport and Spine, Dr. Tony Giantomaso is a Physiatrist trained in the use of migraine injections, including the use of Botox.

Photo of Dr. Tony Giantomasso with Evidence Sport and Spine

Dr. Giantomaso is a Calgary-based Physiatrist who primarily works with Musculoskeletal and Brain Injury associated conditions. He has a special interest in Post-Traumatic neck pain, Post-traumatic Headaches, and Migraine Headaches. His focus is in the use of Botox, trigger-points and other interventional pain management techniques for the treatment of Spinal pain and Migraine and post-traumatic Headaches. Dr. Giantomaso also has extensive experience in medico-legal medicine and has worked with many law-firms as a Medical Expert and expert witness in chronic post-traumatic pain. Dr. Giantomaso has extensive experience in Community-based chronic spine pain, athlete and non-athlete chronic musculoskeletal issues, Interventional Spinal Procedures, and Brain Injury Rehabilitation. He enjoys teaching in his role as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary in Undergraduate Medicine. He completed his Post-Graduate Medical Residency at the University of Alberta, followed by a year of interventional spinal management training. Dr. Giantomaso's credentials include Fellowship of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2008, his Medical Doctorate in 2003 at the University of Saskatchewan, and his Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1999, and Bachelor of Science at the University of Calgary, 1995.

For more information or to book with Dr. Giantomaso, please call Evidence Sport and Spine North at 403.210.9969

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