Botox is no longer only for getting rid of wrinkles - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/14/10

Botox is no longer only for getting rid of wrinkles

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Botox is not just for beauty, some stroke patients are depending on that injection to make life more like it used to be. 

"Botox works by blocking signals into certain muscles that are counteracting proper movement," said John Keleman, M.D., a Neurologist.

You see, stroke patients left with some paralysis may find it difficult to lift their arms or walk normally, but just like plastic surgeons use Botox to relax wrinkles in the forehead, some neurologists are using Botox to relax tight muscles in the arms and legs.

"After two days I was able to turn my hand over, which I never did for seven years," said Sandy Gerber, a stroke patient.

Botox has been used since the 1960's for therapeutic uses, but it was only recently FDA approved to treat spasticity. The problem is it may not work for everyone with stiff movements and if there is heavy paralysis, it's harder to see as much benefit, but for some Botox is helpful, although it does have to be repeated regularly.

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