What is neurotoxin medicine?
Neurotoxin medicine is the use of botulinum toxin products such as BOTOX®, Dysport®, XEOMIN®, and MYOBLOC® to treat painful conditions that can affect muscles and nerves. The most common indication for treatment with Botulinum toxin medicines are spasticity, cervical dystonia, focal dystonia, chronic migraine, excess drooling, facial spasms, and excessive sweating. Dr. Christian is an expert in use of botulinum toxin products and has obtained advancing training in use of Botulinum toxin from leaders of the field nationally as well as training in Lisbon, Portugal. He trains and teaches residents and other physicians on how to inject and use neurotoxin safely. He has participated in multinational research in the use of botulinum toxin in treatment of adult and pediatric spasticity. Neurotoxin medicine is used to relax the injected area so that it stops the pain, overproduction, or spasms your body generates.
WHAT IS SPASTICITY
If you have been diagnose with stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy, you may experience spams and stiffness in your arms, legs, or both. These symptoms are due to a condition known as spasticity. Spasticity occurs when the nerves carrying information from the brain to different part of your body is damaged. Developing spasticity can impact your quality of life, because the stiffness can cause pain, limit your ability to walk or use your arms. Untreated spasticity can lead to multiple complications including severe skin breakdown, limit selfcare activities and irreversible contractures.
WHAT IS CERVICAL DYSTONIA
Cervical dystonia(CD) is neurological condition that causes neck muscle to spams or tightens, causing pain and head turn, pulling in one direction or shaking. CD is sometimes called spasmodic torticollis. Although, there is no cure for CD, treatment with botulinum toxin can help relieve pain and improve function. Symptoms may sometimes disappear but reoccurrence is common
Schedule an initial visit with our team at Aether Medicine today in the Main Line and King of Prussia, PA areas. Neurotoxins, can be used to treat:
- Chronic migraines and headaches
- Failed back syndrome or chronic back pain
- Spasticity (muscle spasms)
- Cervical dystonia
- Focal dystonia
- Excessive drooling (sialorrhea)
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Hemifascial spams
Neurotoxin Medicine Reviews
"I see Dr. Christian every three months or so when I get Botox injections, so I’ve become a regular and seeing him is like visiting a good friend. We always share laughs during the painful process and he makes it better with his friendly manner. I can tell that he is incredibly knowledgeable about the human anatomy and he makes me feel like I’m in very good hands. I would recommend Dr. Christian to anyone that has been everywhere else without success."- J.R. / Google / Sep 15, 2021
"Extraordinary. Brilliant. Innovative. Compassionate. He changed my life! Chronic cervical pain brought me to Dr. Asare B. Christian. For years doctors/surgeons restricted my movement and wrote pain prescriptions. I challenged Dr. Christian to help me eliminate the prescriptions (morphine), build the physical/mental strength to minimize the pain and live an active life. He became my partner on an amazing journey. We put together a plan for my recovery. He educated and encouraged me. He listened to my personal goals and got to know my family. He provided the latest practices and resources so I could accomplish what all the other doctors said was impossible. Dr. Christian’s staff at Good Shephard are smart, dedicated, efficient, customer-centric professionals who treat each patient with warmth and kindness. I walk five miles every day. I dance, exercise, garden, do all the things I was told I should never do. He is, quite simply, remarkable."- A.F. / Google / May 02, 2021
"Dr Christian is a fantastic pain management doctor. He looks a you holistically and is very compassionate and understanding. He listens to you and works with you to come up with the best treatment plan for you. Even if it requires referring you to another doctor. I have had 3 spine surgeries with constant epidurals and rhizotomies in between them. My last surgery was 3.5 years ago and afterwards Dr Christian came up with a new plan for my muscle spasms. It has been a life saver for me, as my falls had been less frequent for me and I haven’t needed any additional therapy besides what I do at home. Plus the best part is, I do not want to be on narcotics yet and he respects that and treats me without ever needing to use a narcotic! He truly listens to you and works with you, to care for you! I wish there were more doctors like him!"- P.D. / Google / Jun 10, 2021
"Dr.Christian is the Doctor you dream of. He is caring, compassionate so knowledgeable. He is so humble and respectful to alternative modalities. He is truly a gift to the world of healers. He REALLY cares and is intuitive to look into your soul and provide you with what you need. This is almost unheard of in medicine, unfortunately. I can't say enough of the Man and Doctor he is. He should have 100 stars."- D.T. / Google / Jun 28, 2021
What to Expect In Treatment
On your initial visit, Dr. Christian will review your medical records and confirm or diagnose the root cause of your condition, such as spasticity, cervical dystonia, focal dystonia, or chronic migraines. He will walk you through other treatment options and determine if neurotoxin is the right treatment for you. Depending on your condition or insurance, you may have to pay for the medicine and treatment. He will discuss specific muscles to be injected, set goals and expectations for treatment with you, and discuss risks and benefits of treatment. In a subsequent visit, the procedure is performed and a follow-up visit after a month is scheduled to assess your response. Most patients start seeing results in pain and spams within a week of treatment and can last from 3 – 6 months, depending on the condition. Neurotoxins are temporary and will need to be administered every 3 – 4 months as needed. Dr. Christian will have you schedule your follow-up appointments in a timely manner so that your treatment does not lapse.
Neurotoxin Medicine FAQs
Where do we inject the neurotoxin for migraines?
If you experience severe forms of migraines that hinder your ability to complete daily tasks, we may suggest using BOTOX, Dysport, XEOMIN, or MYOBLOC to alleviate pain. During your consultation, we will discuss the placement for these injections, including areas around the forehead, neck, bridge of your nose, temples, back of the head, and near your shoulder blades. Dr. Christian can go over everything in detail at your appointment.
How long does it take BOTOX to work for muscle spasms?
It generally takes around 14 days to see a decrease in muscle spasms. We will provide a more in-depth timeline at your consultation. Patients or family members will need to schedule follow-up appointments every 3 - 4 months to maintain their results. In some cases, patients may benefit from other neurotoxin formulas, such as Dysport, XEOMIN, and MYOBLOC.
What conditions can neurotoxins help with?
With the help of BOTOX, Dysport, XEOMIN, or MYOBLOC, Dr. Christian can alleviate several uncomfortable symptoms, like chronic pain, drooling, sweating, muscle spasms, and jaw pain caused by TMJ.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- Varies by treatment
- How Long It Takes
- Varies by treatment
- Follow Up Time
- Procedure Recovery Location
Find value in the versatility of neurotoxin medicine
You can rely on the skill and expertise of our physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, Dr. Christian, to provide you with excellent care, options you are comfortable selecting, and more. When other mainstream treatments have not worked, you may want to seek out our experienced team at Aether Medicine. Schedule appointment today.
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