Botox Injection Gives Relief To Parkinson's Patients

Botox Injection Gives Relief To Parkinson's PatientsMuhammad Ali Parkinson Centre (MAPC) at Barrow Neurological Institute is using Botulinum Toxin, which is commonly known as Botox, to help manage warning signs linked with Parkinson's syndrome and other movement troubles.

Guillermo Moguel-Cobos, movement disorder neurologist at the Centre, said, "Botox is the most powerful nerve toxin known to man and it's dramatically improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson's. For this type of treatment, it's a miracle drug."

Parkinson's disease is characterised by muscle inflexibility, tremers, a slowing of physical movement and a loss of physical movement.

Botulinum Toxin, which has been distilled and then thinned out, can be injected directly into the patient's muscle, allaying the muscle spasms and especially, the pain.

"It's a medical treatment but it's also an art to administer. Every patient receives Botox differently in different muscles, in different locations and in different dosages, so experience with the drug and the disease is crucial," Moguel-Cobos added.

MAPC has been making use of Botulinum Toxin in order to cure Parkinson's and other movement problems like dystonia since the early 1990s.

The cure has recently gained popularity because of the increasing number of sufferers at the MAPC.

To help with the demand, MAPC runs a Botox Clinic twice a week. Hinging upon the patient and the harshness of their movement trouble, their Botox can take 30 minutes to an hour to inject and can take around a period of seven days to show results.

For the majority of patients, Botox will provide substantial but variable relief of symptoms, which can last up to a period of 3 months, says a release from the Barrow Neurological Institute. (With Inputs from Agencies)