Everyone has heard of using Botox to smooth out wrinkles, but doctors said they are currently using it for stroke victims. Botox was only recently approved for muscle spasticity. It works by blocking signals into certain muscles that are counteracting proper movement, such as for a stroke victim who suffers from paralysis, doctors said. But experts said while Botox helps some people, it may not be useful for all stroke victims. “People who have either a heavy paralysis or even more than two limbs involved — those people are less likely to benefit,” said neurosurgeon Dr. Jonathan Brisman.The effectiveness of the Botox could diminish as early as three weeks, at which point the patient would have to have more injections, doctors said.
May 14, 2010
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