Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin used to treat spasticity, a condition caused by any damage to the brain or spinal cord. Spasticity causes increased muscle tone and extreme tightness that prohibits use of the muscle. The commercial medical drug, marketed as “Botox” or “Dysport” are highly purified forms that can be injected directly into the muscle to relieve the tightness. By making sure the injections are in just the right spot, botulinum toxin can provide very effective treatment with few side effects.
Culicchia Neurological Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist Andrea Toomer, MD regularly treats spasticity patients using Botulinum toxin injections, with patients noticing a difference within days. The injections last for approximately three months.