Botox can be very helpful for a child who has spastic cerebral palsy. Botox (botulinum toxin) is a medication that can be injected directly into spastic muscles to reduce high tone (tightness) in that particular muscle. The dose is varied depending on the muscle being treated and how severe the tightness is.
Botox Injections for Cerebral Palsy
Various muscles can be injected at once, although in young children this may require brief anesthetizing. Most kids notice improvement within a few days after the injections, with the results lasting for 2-4 months. This is usually a good time for serial casting and range of motion therapy. Over time, the effectiveness of the Botox injections seems to decrease.
Botox almost never causes any central nervous system side effects, and the medication is known for its safety and complete reversibility. The drawback of Botox is that it only affects the muscle(s) into which it is directly injected. Children and adults with severe, overall spasticity will not benefit, as the amount needed would be far more than the maximum limit. In such cases other methods are generally recommended.
What Are Phenol Blocks, and How Can They Help People with Cerebral Palsy?
Phenol blocks are similar to Botox injections, but this treatment is not frequently used to treat cerebral palsy anymore. Phenol blocks have been used for the past 20 years, but the medication has certain disadvantages when compared with Botox. The injections are quite painful, and they may cause muscle tenderness for several days. There is also a small amount of permanent muscle damage caused by the injections. As a result, Botox is currently more commonly used than phenol blocks, as it is safer and much less painful. However, Phenol blocks last longer and are more precise than Botox, and they may be the treatment of choice in some cases, especially for large muscle groups.
Detroit, Michigan Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Representing Victims of Medical Malpractice
Treatment, therapy, care, and medical resources for cerebral palsy are often very expensive. Many parents of children with cerebral palsy are left wondering how they will afford these important resources for their child. At Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers, we believe all victims of medical malpractice with birth injuries deserve the care, attention, and rehabilitation they need to live as fully and equally as possible. Our Detroit, Michigan cerebral palsy and birth injury attorneys have helped countless families obtain compensation. These families have gone on to afford adequate medical attention, therapy, treatment, education, transportation, and other resources.
We encourage you to call the experienced birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers today. You will receive a free case review and legal consultation. Should we take your case, you will not be charged unless we win.
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