Botox has been popular for anti-ageing treatments for many years. This exceptionally potent neurotoxin though, has found a variety of remarkable uses in modern medicine. The toxin was tested in late 1960’s by Alan Scott and Edward Schantz, who then standardised it for therapeutic use. However it was first used in 1980 to treat for conditions as “Crossed eyes” (Strabismus) a condition where the eyes are not properly aligned and “uncontrollable blinking” (Blepharospasm). Botox is approved in more than 75 countries for 20 different neurological indications and approved for cosmetic use in more than 40 countries. Let us see how Botox has transformed the lives of many people.
Migraine: Though the efficiency of Botox as a treatment for chronic migraine is under debate, studies have shown that after Botox treatment the pain caused by migraines are dormant for 3 – 4 months and the patient would hardly need any pain killers.
Back Pain: Traditional pain relief medication for back pain may not be effective on many patients. However initial studies have suggested that Botox injections are safe and provide relief to the lower back area without systemic side effects.
Cervical Dystonia: Also known as Spasmodic torticollis is a chronic neurological movement disorder involving the head and neck. Botox treatment is the commonly used to cure this disorder. It disables the movement of the antagonist muscle and allows the agonist muscle to move freely. Patients experience relief for approximately 12 to 16 weeks.
Excessive Sweating: Botox blocks the actions of the nerves that supply the sweat glands and prevents them from producing sweat.
Cerebral Palsy: Botox is injected into muscles that are either spastic or have contractures, the aim being to relieve the disability and pain produced by the inappropriately contracting muscle
Weak Bladder: Medics claim the Botox injected to the bladder wall will improve symptoms in the over 50 age group, impacting on their quality of life. It will assist them to sleep better and be more energetic reducing incontinence and would make a difference to a sufferer’s social life and general health.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: A non-cancerous condition which affects half of males over 60 and is caused by abnormally large prostates. When the prostate enlarges, it squeezes the bladder triggering urinary problems, including the need to go to the toilet frequently during the day and at night. It is a progressive disorder which, if left untreated, can lead to the complete inability to urinate. This, in turn, can cause kidney damage. However, a study by scientists in Taiwan and at the American University of Pittsburgh found that just one Botox jab into the prostate eased symptoms and improved quality of life for three out of four men up to a year later.
Should you suffer from any of the above conditions; it is recommended that you consult your physician to get the correct treatment for your medical condition. The physician that you are consulting should be a qualified well experienced physician who has the knowledge and training to administer Botox.
To find out more information and whether or not Botox could be a viable treatment option for your condition, please give our office a call today at (818) 360-4949.