Botulinum toxin therapy is a standard treatment option used for a variety of movement disorders. Complications from different forms of dystonia and spasticity affecting the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet may severely limit function and the ability for self-care. Fortunately, use of botulinum toxin by an experienced injector is a powerful tool to improve muscle tone and motor control.
Botulinum toxin is is a powerful tool that is part of the overall treatment plan for a patient with dystonia or spasticity. Along with oral medication, physical and occupational therapy, and routine exercise program many are able to derive excellent benefit from this botulinum toxin injections. We actively use all four approved forms of botulinum toxin: Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, and Myobloc.
It is important for any patient receiving botulinum toxin to first have the correct diagnosis made before treatment. In almost all cases patients who received botulinum toxin for movement disorders should be seen and examined by a board-certified neurologist who has fellowship training in movement disorders. The reason for this is to ensure a patient has the correct diagnosis, expectations and understands the risks and benefits of treatment.
In addition to or along with medication, botulinum toxin injection, and physical therapy, deep brain stimulation is also a treatment we consider for patients receiving botulinum toxin who may have less robust responses to therapy. Dr. Aldred is considers all the available options for patients receiving botulinum toxin therapy to ensure it fits in appropriately with the overall care plan.