15th Anniversary of 9/11 Reminds Us That PTSD and the Related Chronic Migraines Are Not Just Affecting Veterans Anymore

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The anniversary of 9/11 could trigger renewed emotional stress and PTSD
symptoms such as chronic migraines, according to the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration.

As a result, a leading head and neck surgeon is advising patients to
consider Botox as an effective treatment of post traumatic migraine

Facial plastic surgeon, Dr. William J. Binder, who practices in Beverly
Hills and is the pioneer in the field of treating migraines with Botox,
said with the huge increase in the number of people suffering from PTSD
there needs to be greater awareness among physicians and patients as to
different effective treatments.

“This can be a life-changing treatment for the millions of PTSD
sufferers who have migraine headaches and cannot find relief from their
symptoms using existing methods and/or medications,” said Dr. Binder.
“I’ve seen Botox provide relief of pain and related symptoms, including
nausea, vomiting and photophobia, resulting in an overall improved state
of well-being for as many as three or more months in this patient
population,” he added.

A 2016 study at one Tampa PTSD clinic found headaches to be the second
most common report of ongoing pain and distress for those being treated
for PTSD.1 The Migraine Research Foundation found 12% of the
U.S. population, or 38 million people, suffer from migraines, including
chronic migraines.

What is more worrisome is that the numbers of PTSD sufferers is expected
to continue rising due to an increase in violence in the U.S. According
to a report conducted by USA Today, mass shootings occur at the rate of
one every two weeks (http://www.gannett-cdn.com/GDContent/mass-killings/index.html#frequency).
Assuming other large scale catastrophes, as well as sexual assaults and
tragic vehicular accidents continue at their current rate, the incidence
of PTSD will increase over time in the United States. Therefore, the
need for an effective treatment for the associated chronic migraines is

Andrew M. Blumenfeld, M.D., a neurologist and headache specialist,
commented, “We have known since well before the FDA approved Botox for
chronic migraines in 2010 that Botulinum Toxin A is effective in
treating chronic migraines. It affords a long-acting, well-tolerated,
preventative therapy with none of the side effects of other treatment
options, some of which are not appropriate for treating patients with
PTSD, due to other associated psychological and physical symptoms. While
the injection location and dosing are critical to achieving an
effective, long-lasting result, it would be fairly simple to educate
more physicians, already treating chronic migraine headaches, on the
benefits of using Botox® to provide relief from PTSD-related chronic

Dr. Binder also advocates the use of Botox for chronic migraine among
PTSD patients. He added, “I have been treating patients with this
profile for many years and have found Botox to be an extremely effective
treatment. What is particularly relevant today is research showing that
as many as 50% of neurologists are treating chronic migraines with Botox
and it is still a very large, and relatively ineffectively treated

For more information about treating chronic migraines, including those
associated with civilian as well as warrior PTSD, visit the following
sites: https://www.botoxchronicmigraine.com/
or contact Dr. Binder at: http://doctorbinder.com/

1(Shipherd JC, Beck JG, Hamblen JL, Lackner JM, Freeman JB. A
preliminary examination of treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder
in chronic pain patients: a case study. J Trauma Stress.

About Dr. William Binder

William Binder, M.D. is double-board certified by both the American
Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American
Board of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. He is a fellow of the
American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic
Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck
Surgery. His medical office and surgical facility is in Beverly Hills.


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