Botox in Riverside, and also the most common cosmetic procedure in the U.S., isn’t just used to wage war on wrinkles. Recently studies show Botox can help people dealing muscle tremors. An injection of Botox paralyzes the muscles, which is why the treatment works so well to fight the signs of aging. The muscle under the wrinkles is in a frozen-like state and the skin around it smoothes. According to the New York Times, the paralyzing of the muscle may help people with a condition known as Essential Tremor.
This mysterious ailment, which is most common in people older than 65, causes the uncontrollable shaking of the hands, head or other body parts. Jules Zalon, from New York suffers from this condition. Her tremors occur primarily in her right hand “which makes writing either impossible or at least laughable.” She went to a neurologist and was prescribed medication, but was wary of taking drugs. She heard Botox may be an answer, and started looking into this alternative treatment.
Zalon might be on the right track. A study done by Baylor College of Medicine shows Botox injections in people with hand tremors can decrease the shaking. After injections of Botox, patients saw “significant improvement” four weeks after the treatment. “Botox may significantly ameliorate essential hand tremor in patients who fail to improve with conventional pharmacologic therapy,” the study stated. While the study shows promise, Dr. Elan D. Louis, a professor of neurology and epidemiology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University cautions patients about this alternative treatment. “Intramuscular injections of Botox, or botulinum toxin, may play a limited role in the treatment of wrist and voice tremors in patients with essential tremor. However, many patients with essential tremor not only have wrist tremors but also have shoulder, elbow and finger tremors. As the number of muscles involved increases, the efficacy of these injections decreases.”
The cause of Essential Tremors is unknown. Some doctors believe the twitching happens because of faulty wiring in the brain, others think nerve endings are to blame. Regardless of the cause, the course of treatment should be decided with a doctor. Patients using Botox to fight the symptoms brought on by tremors did experience weakness in the muscles. Some patients worried about the number of injections sites. Because it’s difficult to pinpoint which muscles are causing the tremor, some patients have upwards of 20 injection sites.
While Botox has proved effective in other areas like treating tremors, migraines and bladder problems, its main use is still in the cosmetic world. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 2.6 million people had Botox injections last year. Surgeons say it has been the most sought after treatment for more than a decade, with the number of patients receiving the treatment increasing each year.
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