Trade names: Botox, Xeomin, etc.
1. What is Botox?
Botox is a class of medication known as neurotoxins. Botox is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Although it is considered a neurotoxin, in small doses it has been shown to be therapeutic and effective for the treatment of a variety of conditions, specifically does that are caused by nerve damage, such as contractures and spasms. New research has also identified Botox to be beneficial in nerve related pain conditions.
2. What is Botox used for?
- Cervical dystonia: Neck pain and abnormal head position associated with severe muscle spasm
- Upper limb spasticity: Muscle stiffness in hand, elbow, wrist from sustained muscle contraction
- Chronic migraine: Headaches that affect you for at least four hours a day for more than 2 weeks
- Other conditions include:
- Tension headaches
- Muscle spasms due to cerebral palsy
- Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis
- Spasticity in leg and arm muscles due to brain injury/stroke
- Focal limb dystonias
- Peripheral nerve pain
- Temporomandibular disorder (jaw disorder)
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Knee Arthritis *
- Plantar Fasciitis *
3. How does Botox work?
Botox works by inhibiting nerve activity associated with a hyperactive or malfunctioning nerve.
4. How is Botox administered?
Botox is administered through injection. Image guidance is often used for accuracy and safety. Treatments are typically performed every 3 to 4 months as needed.
5. Is Botox safe?
Although Botox is considered safe when performed by a health care professional, there are some potential side effects that include redness, flu like symptoms, muscle paralysis, allergic reaction and infection. Our health care team will provide you with information prior to initiating any treatment protocol and we encourage questions to help us better serve you.