Is Botox a Safe Treatment For Dystonia?

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Dystonia is a reasonably rare condition but it can be severe. Now we are finding that the common cosmetic Botox is an effective treatment for dystonia. Dan Sevigny, reporting in “Alternative Health Journal,” has written an article titled “Dystonia Cure: Botox.” Now, what is the Botox? – The question asked through the common people. It is the treatment of the nose and lips enhancement through injecting injections. The condition of the person will not become severe with the treatment.

Dystonia is a condition that reflects as an involuntary sustained muscle contraction after the order of twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal posture.

What has been determined is that Botox has been touted since the early 1990s as an effective treatment for dystonia. It is injected at the site of the spasm and by its effect of tightening nerves it causes the lurching and tightening to discontinue.

This is considered a very safe practice except for one issue and that there have not been studies done on the effects of long-term use of Botox.

Botox has gained notoriety as a cosmetic that is injected in the corner of eyes and mouths to erase lines. It seems to have FDA approval for that use.

Is Botox safe for dystonia treatment?

That may seem like an odd question when this article is about the use of Botox for the treatment of dystonia, however let me share with you the following.

Last month in this site I did an article titled “Botox: Is it Safe?” In this article I examined what is one use for Botox and that is major illnesses like Cerebral Palsy. There has been some success with Botox and yet, there also have been some severe side effects including death.

The overall position that the article takes as a result of the reference material is that Botox is not proven safe for use outside of cosmetic treatment.

However, it is not fair then to say Botox treatment cannot be safe for dystonia because it can.

Simply witness my reference and link to the Mayo Clinic and indeed they reference Botox injections as one of several treatments.

The key here is you have a medication with a history of success part of the time and some severe side effects.

Note that the Mayo Clinic lists along with Botox treatments, surgery, other medications, biofeedback, physical therapy and stress management. It is revealed that there are a number of types and levels of dystonia.

What I think this tells us is that we cannot make an assertion that Botox is an “across the board” treatment for any dystonia.

There needs to be close medical guidance and even second opinions before Botox injections are used.

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