A different use for Botox
There’s yet another use for the common injectable Botox®. According to WRAL-TV News, doctors are using the drug, which is derived from the neurotoxin Botulinum Toxin Type A, to help individuals who have had strokes as well as those who have stiff limbs due to cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis.
“The bent elbow, clenched fist, flexed wrist – those muscles are stiff,” Dr. Patrick O’Brien explained to the news source about symptoms experienced by some sufferers of these illnesses. “The muscles are tight. They hurt.”
Injecting Botox into the muscles can help, according to doctors and patients.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Botox has been the most popular cosmetic nonsurgical procedure performed by its members for the last 12 years. In 2011, more than 2.6 million individuals underwent Botox treatments.