What is a Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Injection?
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin that is produced by the bacterium responsible for botulism, Clostridium botulinum. The neurotoxin works by weakening the muscles and stopping them from contracting very well, which can lead to paralysis. While the commercial medical drug is a purified form of this toxin, it helps with many neurological conditions due to muscles being too tight or overcontracted.
Why did the Clinician order this exam/study?
Dr. Dave Hogarty will use an injection of Botulinum Toxin to treat two major issues:
How do I prepare for this exam/study?
There is no preparation for this study.
Who will be administering the exam/study?
Dr. David Hogarty will administer this injection.
What will I experience during the exam/study?
The area of the injection will be thoroughly cleaned. There could be slight pain or pressure associated with the injection related to the needle and fluid, however, this is mild and lasts only a few seconds.
What should I do after the exam/study?
You may resume regular daily activities. **Rare cases have been reported of rash, itchiness, headache and tiredness associated with the injection.