Botox Administration for Spasticity, & Dystonias

Botox Admission for Spasticity and Dystonias

While Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment that is used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles to reduce signs of ageing, it is also used to treat patients with spasticity and dystonia.

Spasticity is a condition in which an abnormal increase in muscle tone or stiffness may occur, hindering movement and speech. Spasticity is associated with pain and discomfort caused by damage to the nerve pathways in the brain and spinal cord. Botox is a nerve impulse blocker which attaches to nerve endings, preventing the release of chemical transmitters that activates muscles. The chemical transmitters carry signals from the brain that tells a muscle to contract. However, if the signal is blocked, the muscle won't spasm. This decreasing pain associated with spasticity.

The same goes for the treatment of dystonia. Dystonia is characterised as involuntary contractions of the muscles, causing slow, repetitive movements, or abnormal postures. Dystonia is painful, and it may cause some individuals to experience a tremor or other neurologic features. Botox injections are an effective treatment, as it provides significant relief for patients with dystonia. The advantage of botox over ordinary medication is that the toxin only targets the muscles causing the dystonia, preventing it from contracting.