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Botox©: More than Just a Temporary Wrinkle Fix at North Oaks Neurology Clinic

8/10/2012


In addition to smoothing out wrinkles, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botulinum Toxin injections, more commonly referred to as “Botox,” as a treatment for some neurological conditions, including strokes, cerebral palsy, cervical dystonia and, most recently, chronic migraines.

Botox may prove effective in helping to release the tension and pain associated with these neurological conditions and by allowing more freedom of movement and flexibility.

North Oaks Neurology Clinic Physician Patricio S. Espinosa, MD, MPH, is pleased to offer this treatment option to patients who may benefit.

Chronic migraines can cause severe pain in the neck and head. Multiple Botox injections around the head and neck at 12-week intervals may dull future headache symptoms.

Stroke victims and people with cerebral palsy may experience uncomfortable stiffness, tightness and spasms in the elbow, wrist and fingers. Botox works by blocking the signals that cause excess activity in the muscles of the elbow, wrist and fingers to help reduce stiffness and pain.

Cervical dystonia can affect muscles in the neck. Muscles may tighten or spasm uncontrollably. This can force the head and neck into movements or positions that are painful and awkward. Botox works directly on the muscles that spasm or the area of pain. Many patients get relief from the muscle spasms, as well as reduction in neck pain after treatment.

Relief from symptoms may last for up to 3 months. However, reinjection is necessary for continued results since the effects of the toxin disappear over time.

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