Botulinum toxin can be used to treat localized spasticity effectively.
That could be in the treatment of spasticity around the shoulder joint, elbow joint, wrist, finger joints or ankle among others.
During the treatment, patients often experience an increase in mobility and a decrease in pain.
The botulinum toxin is injected into the spastic muscles (normally 2-3 muscles pr. Treatment only).
During the treatment, the connection between the nerve and the muscle is blocked. This means, that part of the muscle is paralyzed.
The paralysis, and thereby the effect, starts occurring during a week. The effect lasts for 8-12 weeks – for some patients even longer.
When the effect subsides, the treatment has to be repeated in most cases.
The treatment is mostly without side effects apart from a slight unease in connection with injection of the substance.
In seldom cases serious side effects have been seen as a result of the botulinum toxin spreading to surrounding muscles.
PRIVATE HOSPITAL MOLHOLM
Cranio-surgical Clinic / Neurosurgery