Botox is a highly purified form of botulinum toxin. This toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Doctors use minute doses in the form of an injection to treat muscle spasms and other health problems. At Superior Performance Center, Dr. PierreCharles can use Botox to treat conditions such as: cervical dystonia or torticollis, chronic migraines, focal spasticity, and severe neck and muscle spasms.
What is cervical dystonia?
Cervical dystonia, also known as spasmodic torticollis, is painful and involuntary muscle contractions that cause abnormal movements and postures of the neck and head. These awkward postures often cause discomfort and, the muscles generally pull the head to one side, backwards, or forwards. The National Organization for Rare Disorders states that cervical dystonia is a neurological disorder that originates in the brain, but the exact cause of cervical dystonia is unknown (a genetic susceptibility might be to blame). The most common form is the twisting of the head when the chin turns toward a shoulder, which is defined as torticollis.
What are chronic migraines?
Chronic migraine is a condition classified by experiencing a headache on at least 15 days per month for 4 hours or longer. Many patients with chronic migraines also present with medication overuse—at least 10 days per month using analgesic, opioid, triptan, or ergot derivative. Superior Performance Center offers a different option of Botox injections for patient’s experiencing chronic migraines. Dr. PierreCharles will provide several shots of Botox around the head and neck once every 12 weeks to dull or prevent migraines.
What is focal spasticity?
Spasticity is a dysfunction of the central nervous system. Spasticity can be characterized by high tone spams and muscle overactivity. If left untreated, soft tissue contractures and limb deformity can occur. Focal spasticity means this muscle impairment is taking place around one joint and multi-focal spasticity is multiple joints. Botox can provide relief from this condition by relaxing the muscles affected by the spasticity.