Botox is a drug that is made from a toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment. A health care provider can precisely inject it in small doses to temporarily weaken or paralyze specific muscles or to block specific nerves. The following are some of the neurological disorders that can be treated with Botox: Chronic migraines, cervical dystonia, post-stroke spasticity, blepharospasm, excessive sweating, TMJ, or drooling.
Botulinum toxin type A (BOTOX, DYSPORT, XEOMIN) and botulinum toxin B (Myobloc) are therapeutic muscle-relaxing agents that work at the site of the nerves where they are injected, and are associated with few side effects. Please discuss these with your provider based on where in your body you are having the injections. Some of our providers may use EMG guidance for your injections.
The duration of benefit is typically 3 months.
Most insurances including Medicare, cover Botox treatments for the neurological conditions mentioned above. Many insurance carriers require a pre-authorizations for the treatment and the toxin itself. Your physician and the staff will help you understand your specific benefits relating to toxin injections.