Botulinum toxin A is a protein produced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum. When injected into the muscle in tiny amounts, botulinum A (Botox) can stop or reduce muscle spasm by blocking nerve signals to the muscle.
Conditions Treated with Botox
Botox has many medical uses. It is most commonly known for smoothing wrinkles and minimizing signs of aging, but it can be used for many other purposes, including:
Relieving severe muscle spasms around the eyes and in the neck, arms, legs, hands, and feet
Minimizing severe muscle contractions associated with cerebral palsy
Currently, the use of Botox for low-back pain is experimental. The limited research means that it is impossible to guarantee that botulinum toxin injection is an effective and safe treatment for you.
Multidisciplinary Pain Relief Treatment at Weill Cornell Medicine
Talk to a pain management specialist about the risks and benefits of Botox and its unlabeled use. If you would like to find out more about using Botox to treat low-back pain, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.