Botox injections are a popular form of treating skin to smooth wrinkles. In addition to being used for cosmetic purposes, Botox injections are commonly used to treat muscular conditions like upper limb spasticity, spasmatic torticollis, and migraine headaches.
Botox injections are derived from Botulinum Toxin Type A, a toxin produced by bacteria. This toxin can be purified and used safely and effectively to reduce spasticity in targeted groups of muscles. Botox works by blocking the chemical signal between nerves and muscles that makes the muscle contract or tighten. This provides reliable relief from the symptoms of muscle spasticity like pain and stiffness. Spastic muscles are tight and make movement difficult. In migraines, it is thought that Botox relaxes muscles that may be sensitive to pain. Botox has been used safely in thousands of patients for over 25 years.
There is generally no downtime or discomfort following treatment. Immediately after, there may be some swelling or redness and in some cases, bruising. Most patients start to see results within five days with maximum results between three to four weeks after the injections. Usually, the injection(s) provides relief of spasticity in the injected muscle for over three months.