How to Treat muscle spasm in children?

Muscle spasms can be a source of pain in many patients, especially those who suffer from fibromyalgia , and chronic fatigue syndrome . Also, these spasms hinder and make every movement difficult, and as a result, spasticity can negatively affect many motor activities including sitting, walking , Eat, talk and play in children .

In some cases, despite multiple treatments and the use of many medications, pain and spasms cannot be relieved, and the doctor may recommend starting with botox therapy.

What is botox?

Botulinum Toxin A is a substance made from bacteria. This substance, or as some people call it poison, can be purified and used safely and effectively to reduce muscle spasms and tension in specific muscle groups.

How does Botox work?

Botox works by blocking the transmission of nerve signals between nerves and muscles that make the muscles tense and tight, which leads to muscle relaxation and this in turn relieves the symptoms of spasticity, including pain and muscle stiffness. Botox therapy is done by intramuscular injection.

It is also believed that reducing muscle stiffness, in turn, reduces muscle contraction and leads to increased range of movement , and increased opportunities to strengthen the muscles that have been injected in children who suffer from spasms, and who find it difficult to move.

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What are the main benefits of Botox muscle treatment?

  • Botox injections reduce muscle tension (English: spasticity) , and a significant difference can be seen in a child after treatment.
  • Botox helps relax muscles, prevent stiffness, or shortening of muscles .

How is Botox injected?

  • Botox injections are given in the room of a neurologist’s office.
  • Botox is injected into the muscle, where it is marked by the doctor using the pen on the area to be treated and then the area is covered with a special cream to numb the skin.
  • The neurologist injects botox through the skin into muscle cramps using a very fine needle .
  • Most children are afraid of needles, so doctors do their best to make the injection as easy and fast as possible. As a result, most children do not feel pain , and most of the time the nurse stays with the child until the procedure is completed.
  • The procedure takes about half an hour or less.

Who are the candidates for treating muscle spasm with Botox injections?

Anyone with severe and chronic muscle cramps may be an ideal candidate for botox therapy.

Candidates for treatment should be realistic in their expectations of the results , although Botox injections are generally effective treatment for muscle spasms in many patients, but the results differ from case to case.

Botox injections for neck cramps

Cervical dystonia is characterized by involuntary muscle cramps, and while its cause is not yet known, this condition can worsen in the long run. Botox injections for neck cramps, or cervical dystonia are a very successful treatment in relieving pain, restoration, and motor range Natural for the neck.

Botox injections for facial cramps

Frequent involuntary contractions of the facial muscles characterize the disorder known as hemifacial spasm , this disorder usually affects the muscles on one side of the face and the injection of Botox to these types of muscle spasms is 95% successful.

Botox injections for eye cramps

Botox is also given to strabismus , and the treatment of eyelid spasm (Blepharospasm) , a term that describes any involuntary muscle contraction of the muscles that control the eyelid. Usually, eyelid spasm affects both eyelids, and can aggravate blindness if left untreated.

Since the eyelid spasm causes the muscles around the eye to contract, Botox works to stop the nerve impulses that control this contraction and as a result relax the muscles in that area.

What happens after botox injections?

After performing the injection, the following is recommended:

  • Avoid biking, climbing, or doing any major muscle exertion.
  • Physiotherapy should start three days after the date of injection , as the medical therapist market exercises the treated muscles, in addition to encouraging new skills in the muscles in general.

Is Botox treatment safe?

Botox therapy is safe if given in the correct dosages and by a medical specialist . Botox treatment is safe as it has been used to treat thousands of patients for more than 25 years.