Botulinum toxin injection (Botox) is a neuromuscular blocking agent used in the treatment of excessive muscle activity. Patients who are diagnosed with movement disorders such as dystonia, hemifacial spasm and blepharospasm are treated with Botox injections. These injections are effective with lower side effects in patients who suffer from drooling in Parkinson’s disease.
Botulinum toxin is effective in treating a variety of neurological conditions including:
The goal of the therapy is to reduce muscle spasm and pain, and restore more useful function. A very small dose of botulinum toxin is injected into a muscle to block some of the messages that are sent from the nerves to the muscles, reducing spasms. Physical or occupational therapy occasionally helps restore normal muscle function.
When a patient comes to our clinic for consultation, we conduct thorough evaluation to determine if Botox therapy is an appropriate treatment for him. Botox therapy is an outpatient treatment and we take extra care when treating our patients with this method. Patients begin to experience the effects of the injection in one or two weeks.