Botox was first approved to treat specific eye disorders in 1989. Since then, the temporary paralytic effects of the serum has made it the leading injectable cosmetic product to smooth forehead wrinkles and crow's feet. It is less widely understood, however, that the therapeutic effects of Botox can be just as positive in other parts of the body as well.
For instance, recent research confirms Botox as an effective treatment for post-stroke spasticity, a condition in which the muscles of the arms or legs tighten uncontrollably. This often leads to pain and discomfort, and is a disabling consequence of stroke if the limb withers and “draws up.” Spasticity often affects the hands, preventing the stroke survivor from negotiating simple, every day chores like getting dressed, or eating unassisted.
Although Botox has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for spasticity, doctors have used it for some time for that purpose. The drug works by entering nerve endings around the muscle at the point of the injection, and thus stops the release of chemical messages that cause the muscle to contract.
Although the effects of a Botox injection are temporary, the positive effect on contracting or painful muscles has been proven in a number of studies. If the injections work for post-stroke spasticity, the indications are good that it will also help other problems in the legs.
While most people seek Botox injections to improve wrinkling and lines, which can occur anywhere on the body, the broader therapeutic potential of the serum is still becoming clear. If you have muscular issues in your legs or arms, you will need to discuss potential Botox treatments with your physician.
Although Botox has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for spasticity, doctors have used it for some time for that purpose.
If, however, you are troubled with the irregular, “dimpled” texture of the skin on your legs (especially the thighs) caused by cellulite, Botox is widely used to improve this cosmetic issue.
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