BOTOX THERAPY FOR NEUROMUSCULAR DISORDERS
PLANO TREATMENT FOR DYSTONIA
HOLISTIC TREATMENT OPTIONS
What is Botox Therapy?
Removing wrinkles and prolonging youthful appearance usually come to mind at the mention of BOTOX. However, BOTOX can also be used to treat dystonia – a neuromuscular disorder causing involuntary muscle contractions, or spasms – that affects muscles that control movement in the eyes, face, neck, limbs, voice box, or the smooth muscle in the bladder, as well as migraines that come with the disorder.
Why is Botox Used for Dystonia Patients?
BOTOX is injected into dystonia patients with the goal of reducing the spams and ridding the body of pain associated with the condition. Botox injections can reduce a multitude of facial spasms, urinary retention, limb spasticity, stuttering and other problems affecting vocalization.
Why Do I Have to Keep Getting Botox Injections for My Neuromuscular Disorders?
Because new nerve endings are generated, reviving the spasms, injections must be administered every 3 to 4 months. Also, injecting Botox into various places on the head and neck every 3 months has been known to decrease chronic migraines. In addition to follow up treatments every 3 to 4 months, therapy is usually undertaken by patients to stretch and restore normal muscle function.
Is Botox Therapy Safe for Neuromuscular Disorders?
Since 2010, BOTOX has been FDA approved and proven to help treat the many forms of dystonia. BOTOX therapy is a safe and effective treatment when given in very small amounts and performed by a qualified neurologist.
What Types of Neuromuscular Disorders Does Botox Help?
Blepharospasm: Forceful involuntary closure of the eyelids
Strabismus: Misalignment of the eyes
Hemifacial spasm: Sudden contraction of the muscles on one side of the face
Spasmodic torticollis (cervical dystonia): Muscle spasms in the neck that cause the head to turn to one side, and sometimes forward or backward
Oromandibular dystonia: Continuous spasms of the the face, jaw, neck, tongue larynx, and in severe cases, the respiratory system
Urinary retention: severe inability to urinate that requires catheterization
Spasmodic dysphonia: Spasm of the vocal cords that causes sudden disruption of speech
Stuttering: Repetitions of parts of words and whole words, long pauses, elongated sounds
Voice tremor: Quavering vocalization
Limb spasticity: (e.g., following stroke)
What are the Side Effects of Botox Treatment for Neuromuscular Disorders?
Some patients may experience temporary weakness in the group of muscles being treated. For example, ptosis (drooping eyelid) can develop after treating blepharospasm. The most common side effects include swelling or bruising at the injection site, headache, or flu-like symptoms. If the injections are not placed correctly, the medication may spread into adjacent tissues and cause problems such as drooping eyelid, cockeyed eyebrows, crooked smile, dry eye or excessive tearing.
Can Medications Interfere with Botox Therapy?
Our wellness doctor will need to know if you’ve received any type of BOTOX injections within the past 4 months, and if you are taking blood thinners, you may need to forgo these medications for several days before injection therapy is performed in order to reduce the risk of bleeding or bruising. We’ll also need to know if you take muscle relaxants, sleeping aids, or allergy medications.
Is Botox Therapy Painful?
Most patients are able to tolerate the injection discomfort well, however some request that their skin be numbed beforehand. There are several options for this, such as:
Injections: The doctor can inject a numbing medication into the skin.
Cream: A prescription cream can be applied to the site of injection 60 to 90 minutes before the procedure.
Cold spray: A blast of very cold air is directed at the skin for about 10 seconds. The numbness only lasts long enough for the BOTOX injection to be made.
BOTOX is to be used only under a doctor’s care and administration. It can be dangerous if it’s administered incorrectly. The Wellness Center has multiple doctors that are qualified to perform the procedure, and we specialize in many conditions that can be treated with BOTOX therapy. Schedule an appointment today, and we can advise you on the procedure and help determine if this type of therapy best suits your needs and health.
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