Cerebral Palsy Treatment: Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
What is Botox (Botulinum Toxin)? How can Botox Help my Child’s Cerebral Palsy?
BTX treatment is a common method of treating mild to moderate cerebral palsy. BTX (or botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox) helps reduce overly-high muscle tone and stiffness, helping those with cerebral palsy move more freely. The treatment is comparatively long-lasting, with a single injection working for approximately three months (though some estimates place the range at between three to eight months, and others at 12 weeks). While it is possible to treat diffuse hypertonia with BTX by targeting several muscle groups, ideal treatment focuses only on two or three muscles at a time. Research shows that this treatment is most effective in children under the age of four, as this is when children’s growing musculoskeletal and nervous systems are most plastic (malleable).
Is Botox Safe?
The particular advantage of using BTX is the medication’s safety: it very rarely has central nervous system side effects and is completely reversible. It is, however, very localized – the effectiveness of the drug is limited to just the muscles it is injected into, making it unsuitable for individuals with very severe spasticity.
How Long Does Cerebral Palsy Treatment with Botox Last?
Before Botox therapy begins, it is important that a multidisciplinary team of specialists completes a full evaluation of a child’s range of motion, taking into account factors that include range of motion, strength, motor control, muscle tone and general function. Once the injections have been administered, the child should undergo a follow-up appointment after six to eight weeks. The drug is most effective after 6-8 weeks and doctors can determine whether or not the treatment was effective and whether the dosage needs to be adjusted based on the child’s response to the original dose.
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