Botulinum Toxin Treatment (Botox) Program
Botulinum toxin (Botox) has been proven effective in reducing excessive muscle activity and its associated spasm and pain. The Rutgers Health Botulinum Toxin Treatment (Botox) program often employs Botox as a first-line treatment for involuntary muscular contractions and abnormal postures (dystonia) such as:
- Blepharospasm (abnormal, involuntary blinking or spasm of the eyelids)
- Hemifacial spasm (facial twitches often caused by irritation or damage to facial nerves)
- Limb dystonia (involuntary, excessive muscle contractions, usually in the hands, including writer's cramp)
- Torticollis (involuntary neck muscle contractions)
Patients with resistant headaches and limb spasticity (involuntary muscle contractions) may also receive Botox.
Patients may receive injections of Botox into muscle tissue as treatment 1 to 4 times per year. The injections help reduce excessive muscle activity and/or spasm and pain by weakening muscle activity – enough to reduce spasms but not enough to cause paralysis. Patients may begin to experience the effects of Botox 1 to 2 weeks after an injection, and the effects may last 3 to 6 months.
Physicians at the Rutgers Health Botulinum Treatment program are faculty members of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a part of Rutgers University, one of the top research institutions in America. Our doctors are involved in research and in teaching about all aspects of neurology, and each brings leading-edge knowledge from the classroom to the exam room.
If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with dystonia, please make an appointment with the Rutgers Health Botox Treatment program today.