Botox Treatment in Valencia

The following discussion is for general informational purposes only and is not meant to provide the reader with specific medical advice. Please consult with neurologist specialist like Advanced Center for Neurology & Headache, for specific advice, guidance and information regarding your particular circumstances.

Botox, the best known form of Botulinum toxin, has been increasingly used in Neurology practice since its first approval by FDA in 1989. In addition to its popular role for cosmetic purpose, it has been used in multiple neurological conditions including: migraine; tension headache; tilted neck (torticollis or cervical dystonia); chronic neck and back pain; facial and eye lid twitches (facial and blepharospasms); limb spasticity after stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or spinal cord lesions; hyperhydrosis; temple-mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and tremors.

Botox works by blocking the neurotransmitter release from nerve endings to muscle, allowing the muscle to relax. As a result, abnormal movements or muscle contractions are decreased. Individual response to Botox treatment varies. Overall the treatment success rate is very high and majority of patients who receive this treatment are pleased with the benefit. But it is not a cure. On average, its effects last about 3 months and frequently repeat treatment is required.

Botox Treatment

Botox treatment is not without side effects, but they are extremely rare and transient. After long term use of Botox, there is a slight chance developing resistance and the treatment appears less effective. The other widely used Botulinum Toxin is Myobloc, which is equally effective and it has special value in patients who developed resistance to Botox.

For torticollis, spasticity, and other dystonias, most insurances including Medicare cover the treatment. For other indications, it varies and frequently a pre-authorization from the insurance company is needed. This question can be addressed during consultation in our office.

Botox Treatments for headaches, spasticity and facial SPASM

Spasm and Botox Treatment

A hemifacial spasm is a neuromuscular disorder that affects the muscles that are activated by the facial nerve. It is characterized by an involuntary twitch on one side (hemi) of the face.

It usually starts with intermittent tics or spasms of the eye muscle, which can be so severe that the eye becomes forced shut. The spasms may then spread to the muscles of the lower face, which could result in the mouth being pulled to one side. It is possible for the spasms to eventually spread to all of the muscles on one side of the face and neck.

Hemifacial spasms are very rare. Only about 8 of every 100,000 men and 15 of every 100,000 women get it. Spasms that occur on the left side of the face are slightly more common than spasms that occur on the right side of the face.

Most people who get hemifacial spasms are over the age of 40. Some underlying neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis can sometimes cause younger people to get it.

It is generally more common in women than in men.

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Contact Advanced Center for Neurology & Headache for more info regarding Botox Treatments