Is it true that Botox injections can be used to treat spasticity

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Yes. Botox can be used to relieve spasticity. However, only neurologists or specialists in physical rehabilitation who are familiar with the special problems that MS patients may encounter should use Botox. Generally, the use of this drug is reserved for patients who have severe spasticity with early contractures in a single muscle group, such as the gastrocnemius, and have failed management with stretching and the drugs previously discussed. Botox is not a panacea for the management of spasticity.

Gastrocnemius the large calf muscle that pulls and keeps the foot down.

Detrusor muscle muscle of the urinary bladder that forms the actual storage organ and is the largest part of the bladder. Sphincter a circular muscle that constricts a passage such as the urethra or anus.

Hyporeflexic bladder decreased bladder reactivity as defined by urodynamic testing in a laboratory.

Incontinence urinary incontinence; involuntary loss of bladder control.

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