Botox is best known for its ability to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, but it also yields important medical benefits. Regular Botox injections can help with a variety of neurological conditions as well as the pain and other symptoms that can be associated with them.
What is Botox?
Botox is a drug that’s made from a toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum, an organism that’s found in the natural environment. A doctor can precisely inject it in small doses to weak or paralyze specific muscles or to block specific nerves.
What Type of Neurological Disorders Can Be Treated with Botox?
Botox can help stop muscle contractions, so it can be used to treat involuntary muscle movement disorders. And it also blocks nerve endings from sending pain signals, so it can also help with some conditions related to chronic pain.
The following are some of the neurological disorders that can be treated with Botox:
- Chronic migraines
- Cervical dystonia – a neurological disorder that causes severe contractions of the neck and shoulder muscles
- Blepharospasm – severe uncontrollable blinking
- Twitching of muscles on one side of the face
- Continued tightness or stiffness or a muscle – including cases due to stroke, brain injury, or multiple sclerosis
- Excessive sweating or drooling
- Strabismus – misaligned eyes
- Overactive bladder – including cases associated with multiple sclerosis or a spinal cord injury
What’s Involved with Botox Treatment?
A neurologist will consult with you to determine if Botox is an appropriate treatment. You’ll be able to ask questions and receive information, and an appointment for treatment will be scheduled.
Botox injections are usually quick and relatively simple. You may feel a little pain or pressure, but it’s usually not enough to need a local anesthetic. No preparation is necessary, but let your doctor know if you’re taking medication, including blood thinners.
During the treatment, your doctor will use small needles to precisely inject Botox under the skin or into muscles. Botox treatments are performed in the doctor’s office, and you can go home immediately afterward. You’ll usually schedule a follow-up visit within two or three weeks so your doctor can check its effectiveness.
Since neurons generate new nerve endings that reactivate muscle contractions, you may need treatment every 3 to 4 months. In addition, physical or occupational therapy may also be used in some cases.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Botox Treatment?
Your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan for your particular condition. You’ll discuss your symptoms (including their severity and duration) as well as other forms of treatments you may have tried.
Many people are good candidates for Botox, but it may not be appropriate if any of the following apply to you:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Allergies to a Botox ingredient
- Skin infection at planned injection site
If you have a neurological condition that’s causing pain or other symptoms that could be helped with Botox injections, make an appointment today with Complete Neurological Care in NYC. We have 10 convenient locations in Manhattan, Queens, Long Island, the Bronx, and New Jersey. Our goal is to help you relieve your pain and other symptoms using the quickest, most effective treatments.