Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Botox use getting more attention for healing rather than cosmetic use
Recently Botox has been getting more press about it's applications for conditions other than vanity. Botox temporarily weakens muscle and blocks "substance p" which in turn blocks pain. Unlike many other meds, botox has very little side effect & lasts for months. As a result there is increased use across the board in medicine including migraines, neck and low back pain, and buttock pain (piriformis syndrome). Research is being conducted on prostate enlargement (BPH) and overactive bladder. Also patients with tight limbs from strokes or brain injuries receive this treatment to improve function.
The NY Times recently published an article on botox seeing increased use for medical conditions.
Also I published a chapter on botox use for sciatica (buttock pain known as piriformis syndrome).