Botulinum toxin is a proven first-line treatment option for the conditions listed below. It may be administered to patients only by trained and licensed physicians or Advanced Practice Providers. It is recommended for the treatment of:
- Localized spasticity
- Chronic headaches, such as 16 or more a month
- Excessive salivation/drooling (sialorrhea)
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Cervical dystonia (also known as torticollis)
- Hemifacial spasms
- Writer’s cramp
Botulinum toxin is a type of prescription medication that works by helping to temporarily block the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract, salivary and sweat glands to secrete excessive fluid and pain. Symptoms may be lessened or eliminated with botulinum toxin injections. Botulinum toxin is more commonly recognized as BOTOX®, DYSPORT®, Myobloc® or XEOMIN®.
The effects of botulinum toxin generally lasts for three to four months. This varies from patient to patient and depends on the condition being treated. Treatment regimens may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, serial casting, bracing and a home exercise program.
We encourage you to access the links listed below for each of the toxins, where you can learn more about specific treatment details and potential side effects of your condition. We welcome any questions you may have after reviewing the information found on these sites.
Although Phenol is not a botulinum toxin, it is an injectable medication is used for the treatment of spasticity. Prior to the availability of botulinum toxin, this was the standard of care and continues to be appropriate in select instances. Our physicians are able to administer this medication as a therapeutic option when indicated. It may be done alone or in conjunction with botulinum toxin injections.