Botox Injections for Dystonia, Pain and Spasticity
Injections of Botox, or botulinum toxin, have proven effective in relieving a number of neurological conditions, including the ones listed below. Botox is injected into the affected muscle where it blocks the release of the chemical that produces muscle contractions.
Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by uncontrollable muscle contractions resulting in repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Symptoms include foot cramping, uncontrollable blinking, speech difficulties, dragging leg or pulling of the neck.
Spasticity is a muscle control disorder characterized by tight or stiff muscles and an inability to control those muscles. It is caused by an imbalance of signals from the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to the muscles. People with cerebral palsey, traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury suffer from spasticity. Symptoms include overactive reflexes, spasms (brisk and/or sustained involuntary muscle contraction), fast involuntary contractions, pain, abnormal posture, bone and joint deformities, permanent contraction of the muscle and tendon.
Pain can be classified as acute (lasting only a moment) or chronic (lasting for long periods). It can attack any part of the body, including the muscles, bones and joints.