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Botox Helps Stroke Spasticity!

Updated on March 10, 2012
And you thought Botox was just for wrinkles???
And you thought Botox was just for wrinkles???

And You Thought Botox Was For Wrinkles?

Botox is widely used by women to counteract the effects of aging, namely wrinkles. But now researchers have found that it works wonders on those who have suffered from a stroke.

Repeated treatment with Botox in the first year after a stroke can reduce the spasticity (tightness in the muscles) that patients suffer afterward. It has now been approved by the FDA for this purpose.

The study was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R). It was conducted by Dr. Brashear, who was at the University of Indiana School of Medicine when the research was completed.

With Botox, stroke patients can do simple things they couldn't do before. It's a breakthrough!
With Botox, stroke patients can do simple things they couldn't do before. It's a breakthrough!

What Botox Means to Stroke Patients...

According to Dr. Brashear, Botox enables stroke patients to function more normally in their daily lives. That's because the drug improves muscle tone and decreases pain.

The study followed about 270+ stroke patients whose wrists, arms, and hands were effected. The participants had up to five treatments of Botox and were followed for one year.

Even after six weeks, participants showed great gains and marked improvement with muscle tone improving dramatically.

The FDA has now approved Botox for stroke patients.
The FDA has now approved Botox for stroke patients.

Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...

Stroke can lead to more complications if not dealt with expediently. Dr. Brashear* sums it up best, "If it (stroke) isn't managed effectively, post-stroke spasticity can result in very disabling complications such as contractures, a condition that leaves the muscles and tendons permanently shortened... Early intervention with effective therapies is absolutely vital to prevent the profound disability that afflicts many stroke patients, and to lessen the emotional and financial toll on caregivers and the health care system as a whole."

Moral of the story: If you or someone you know has recently had a stroke, pass this info on to them and make sure they get to a doctor! Since Botox is now approved by the FDA for this purpose, it will be covered by most insurance.

* Dr. Brashear is now professor and chairman of neurology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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      PHILIP HANABURGH 

      6 years ago from North Creek, New York

      I am a stroke survivor and tried botox on my affected arm with no results. I believe ithas to be adinisterred by a neurologist with proven experience. the botox has to be injected in the precise location of the nerve bein treated, even when it works, it only lasts a few months.I think it's worth a try, no matter what. each person responds differently to drugs of all kinds.

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