Unexpected Ways Botox Can Be Used Medically

When most people think of Botox, the first thing that comes to mind is its ability to reduce wrinkles. The benefits of Botox can extend far beyond cosmetic uses, however. Here are some unexpected ways it is used medically.

For Disorders with Muscle Spasm Symptoms

The same principle that helps Botox reduce wrinkles makes it an effective treatment for certain disorders that cause muscle spasm. These include an overactive bladder.

Symptoms of this condition include sudden urges to urinate and frequent urination. In overactive bladder sufferers, the brain signals the bladder muscles to contract even when the amount of urine is small. A botox injection in the muscles of the bladder reduces these symptoms for up to six months.

Other disorders include:

 Chronic eye twitching: Some individuals experience spasms in the muscles around an eye several times a day, every day. The underlying cause is usually something simple, such as fatigue or stress. However, since eye twitching interferes with daily life, finding a remedy is important. Botox injections are a quick solution for these spasms.

 Multiple Sclerosis: This central nervous system disease causes several symptoms, including muscle stiffness and spasms. Injections of Botox are one form of treatment used to diminish these.

Botox is Also Effective for the Following Medical Conditions:

 Migraines: Those who suffer from chronic migraines can often find relief through botox. The injections are given in specific regions around the neck and head and can reduce symptoms for up to three months.

 Bell’s Palsy: This is a nerve disorder that causes temporary paralysis to one side of the face. The patient may experience drooping or twitching of the facial muscles. Botox can be used to reduce twitching or to relax tight muscles.

 Tennis Elbow: This is a common, painful condition caused by overuse of the elbow. Botox injections can be used to reduce the pain caused by tennis elbow.

 Tremors: The types of tremor called Essential Tremor can cause tremors throughout various areas of the body. Botox has been successfully used to reduce symptoms in the head area and the vocal region.

 Hyperhidrosis: This is the medical name for excessive sweating. People with this condition suffer from overactive sweat glands. Botox injections are used to block nerves that signal perspiration. It is most commonly used in the underarms, but it can also be used on the feet, hands and face.

If you are considering Botox to improve your life, contact us today for a consultation with Robert M. Schwarcz, MD, FACS.

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