The medical benefits of Botulinum toxin

As well as being commonly used for aesthetic purposes to treat the face area to relax the muscles, Botulinum toxin has many other clinical uses that can help treat everyday problems and more chronic issues. These issues below can quite often have a big impact on your physical and mental health. If you have any queries about any of these medical issues Dr. Aicken would be happy to discuss how Botulinum toxin can help you or your patients.

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Migraine and Botulinum toxin.

Botulinum toxin aims to reduce how often you have migraine attacks and how severe they are. Injections around the face and neck area relax the muscles.

Synkinesis.

The unwanted contractions of the muscles of the face during attempted movement. Like anywhere else Botulinum Toxin is used, its ability to relax muscles here can relieve pain caused by unwanted contractions.

Focal hand dystonia.

Also known as writer’s cramp. The toxin can be used to relax the muscles in the hand, aiming to reduce the dystonic posture and improve function.

Cervical dystonia.

This is a condition that can involve twisting, or abnormal posture of the head, neck and shoulders. Relaxing the neck muscles with Botulinum toxin can help relieve neck pain and add comfort to everyday life.

Neurogenic Bladder.

An overactive bladder can affect people of all ages, Botulinum toxin, when injected into the bladder can relieve the symptoms associated with this.

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Hyperhidrosis.

Excessive sweating can affect many areas of the body. When injected Toxin can be used to treat underarms, palms, or soles of feet.

Spasmodic dysphonia.

This is a condition where a vocal cord spasm affects speech and communication. Botulinum toxin injections can relax the adductor muscle spasm and have also been known to treat abductor muscle.

Sialorrhea.

Botulinum toxin can help with the treatment of drooling/excess saliva when injected into the salivary glands. Studies have shown this to also benefit patients with Parkinson’s disease by reducing jaw tremors and excess salivation.

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Tourette’s Syndrome.

Sensory and motor symptoms – associated with Tourettes – can be treated with Botulinum toxin. Muscles affected by the condition can be injected to relax the muscles associated with the tic.

Bruxism.

The action of clenching or grinding teeth. By injecting small doses of botulinum toxin directly into the masseter muscle (the jaw), the muscle will be weakened enough to stop the clenching of the jaw and grinding of teeth.

Strabismus.

This is a condition where the eyes appear crossed and don’t align. Botulinum toxin can be used to stop individual muscles around the eye from working for a while. This may help the eyes become more aligned and may lead to less blurred or double vision.

Tinnitus.

While results are still preliminary, research has suggested that botulinum toxin can ease the irritation of tinnitus, otherwise known as ringing in the ears, for some patients.

Anxiety.

A recent study in December 2021 found that Botulinum toxin injections at four different sites — not just in the forehead — reportedly reduced anxiety in a significant portion of the patients. Previous studies have also shown that depression can also be managed with Botulinum toxin.

Pancreatic cancer.

Botulinum Toxin can be used to block the passage of pain impulses in pancreatic cancer and also in pancreas surgery.

We hope you found this blog helpful. If there is anything you would like to discuss further please get in touch with [email protected] and she can arrange a consultation with Dr. Aicken.

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