The Many Faces of Botox, pt. 3
Last time we talked about the use of Botox® to cure common ailments like migraines and the over-production of sweat.
The final part of our Botox® series discusses Botox® to treat muscle issues.
Cerebral Palsy – Muscle Spasticity
This is an unlabeled use of Botox®, meaning that more research needs to be put into its short and long-term effects on children and adults affected with cerebral palsy. What injecting Botox® does for those with the disorder is relax the muscles, helping to ease and decrease muscle spasticity – this aids in furthering the patient with things like physical therapy, walking when the muscles grow too stiff, and determining whether or not nerve surgery is appropriate. Botox® has proven most effective in the legs: walking foot patterns and ankle positions are radically improved after Botox® is used. While it’s not a cure, it can help to ease the stress of the patients struggling to take their next step.
Botox® has undergone a lot of research recently under the umbrella of “muscle spasticity”; in a similar aspect, muscle stiffness is also an adverse condition Botox® has proven successful in treating. Stroke victims given repeated injections of Botox® reportedly gain improved muscle tone in their arms and hands, leading them to be able to dress themselves and perform everyday tasks. This is important as close to 30% of stroke victims feel stiff, tightened muscle spasticity after their attack and if left uncorrected, could result in permanent damage and shortened tendons that cannot be repaired. If further research is conducted into Botox’s® role in aiding in stroke recovery, we may see a marked decline in patients suffering from permanent, disabling damage due to a stroke.