Botulinum Toxin injections (with agreement from the individuals GP)
Adults and children who experience a neurological impairment or injury may experience a tightness within the muscles called spasticity. This prevents the body from moving properly, restricting smooth functional movement.
The Neuro Physio Service have clinicians who are highly trained in the assessment of spasticity and administration of Botulinum Toxin.
Botulinum Toxin is the "recommended drug of choice for focal spasticity" and neurological Physiotherapists work closely with GP's and Neurologists in the delivery of this treatment.
Spasticity arises in the muscles due to too much stimulation from the nerves to various muscles. This creates tension within the muscles to varying degrees and movement is altered as a result.
Very small amounts of Botulinum Toxin is injected in to the muscles and prevents the stimulation from the nerves to the muscles. This provides an optimal window of opportunity for the therapists to use splinting and functional re-training of the muscles with the aim of improved movement before the Botulinum Toxin "wears off".