BOTOX® Help for Stroke Victims

01 Oct 2012 | Category: Cosmetic
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Treatment for Stroke Victims

Doctors estimate that botox injections could help at least 5,000 stroke sufferers a year. As well as its well-known cosmetic uses, BOTOX® can be used to treat “spasticity”, a condition in which the muscles in the arms and legs become overactive and can spasm, causing pain and deformity.botox injection

This spasticity affects up to 30% of stroke survivors and can the strong spasms can leave muscles and tendons permanently shortened. Stiff hands and wrists are painful and can make daily tasks such as washing and dressing difficult and even impossible.

BOTOX® or botulinum toxin type A, is a protein complex produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and is the same toxin that causes food poisoning. The drug Botox is a sterile, purified botulinum toxin that, when used in small doses block the release of acetylcholine, a chemical released by our nerve cells that tell our muscles to contract.

A year long study led by Dr. Allison Brashear, a professor and chairman of neurology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center looked at stroke patients with muscle spasticity. BOTOX® treatment injections were given at twelve week intervals and 50% of the study group reported improvement in one of the four defined areas of muscle tone and disability.

Dr. Brashear commented:

BOTOX® treatment can result in sustained and meaningful functional improvement that makes a difference in the daily lives of stroke patients and the people who care for them.

In the UK, stroke expert Dr Anthony Ward, from the North Staffordshire Rehabilitation Clinic in Stoke-on-Trent added his support to use of BOTOX® with stroke victims.

He explained:

People who have strokes often have high blood pressure or diabetes, but botulinum toxin is one of the few treatments that has little or no interaction with other drugs. Many of the drugs we use for spasticity in strokes often have a quite marked effect on the liver and kidneys, but this is really very safe. It takes about one week to work and the effects last for around three months.

More information on BOTOX® from the UK Stroke Association.

As well as helping stroke victims, BOTOX® has a number of other medical uses. It is used to help migraine sufferers, ease the problem of excessive sweating and has also been used for back problems, urinary incontinence and squint. However, the most popular and well known use is in cosmetic treatments.

BOTOX® Anti-Ageing Treatment

BOTOX® has for some time been the world’s most popular non-surgical treatment and offers patients a much smoother, line-free skin. It works by relaxing the fine dynamic facial muscles which cause lines and wrinkles to appear, allowing the skin to drape smoothly.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics ONLY use GMC registered doctors for BOTOX® and dermal fillers at their London and Bristol clinics. Medical Director, Dr Ross Perry, ensures high levels of skill and special training in the latest BOTOX® methods.

At Cosmedics, patients all have a face to face consultation with the Doctor prior to treatment. This consultation is absolutely free and without obligation, providing a forum for discussion of treatment. As appropriate, the doctor will then personally prescribe and inject BOTOX® – there is no element of injectable cosmetic treatments that is not handled directly by the doctor.

The injections are carried out with special tiny needles that pierce the skin so delicately that it is almost without pain. Injections are completed in special HD LED lighting to ensure that Cosmedics’ Doctors can see any underlying blood vessels and thereby so minimise the small risk of bruising.

BOTOX® London, Bristol

To learn more about BOTOX® injections, why not arrange a FREE private consultation with one of Cosmedics’ highly trained doctors.

Call 020 7386 0464 for an appointment or email info@cosmedics.co.uk for further information.

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