Botulinum Treatments

Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles

Neurology Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

The medical uses of botulinum toxin aren’t widely known, but for those with neuromuscular disorders, it offers significant relief from the pain of muscle symptoms such as cramps and contractions. Edward J. O’Connor, MD, FAAN, and Russ Shimizu, MD, at Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles use their expertise to target muscles and precisely inject botulinum toxin for optimal results, so there’s no need to suffer through muscle symptoms. Call the office in Santa Monica, California, or book an appointment online today to find out if you’re a good candidate for botulinum treatments.

Botulinum Treatments

What is botulinum toxin?

A bacterium called Clostridium botulinum secretes a poisonous substance that’s aptly named botulinum toxin. In large doses, botulinum toxin causes botulism, a potentially deadly food poisoning. However, in small doses, the same substance produces a beneficial effect that’s used to treat muscular conditions.

Xeomin® is a medical grade, purified form of botulinum toxin. When the physicians at Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles inject a small dose of Xeomin into a muscle or muscle group, the medication stops nerve signals that trigger muscle contraction. As a result, the muscle or muscle group becomes temporarily paralyzed, significantly relieving pain caused by muscle disorders.

What conditions are treated with Xeomin?

Common symptoms of neuromuscular and movement disorders, such as cramping, twisting, spasms, and tremors, are relieved as Xeomin relaxes the treated muscles.

A few examples of conditions treated with botulinum toxin injections include:

  • Motor tics
  • Dystonia
  • Chronic migraines
  • Blepharospasm
  • Essential tremor
  • Poststroke spasticity
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Excessive salivation due to a neurological disorder

Spasticity occurs when muscles stay continuously contracted, causing stiffness and pain. Xeomin treats spasticity from numerous neuromuscular disorders, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries. Patients with upper or lower limb spasticity find symptoms relief from Xeomin injections in their elbow, wrist, finger, ankle, and toe muscles.

What should I know about botulinum toxin treatment?

The success of your Xeomin injection depends on factors like the dose used, precisely targeting the right muscle, and knowing exactly where to inject the medication in the muscle. It takes highly experienced physicians like the team at Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles to be sure you receive optimal results.

Depending on the location and depth of the muscle, your doctor may apply a local anesthetic, followed by one to three injections in each muscle. In many cases, Xeomin is injected using an electromyograph to locate overactive muscles, or with real-time fluoroscopic imaging to guide needle placement.

You should feel the improvement in a few days, with results lasting up to four months. Some patients experience temporary side effects such as muscle weakness, pain, and redness at the injection site.

If you need relief from muscle cramping, tightness, and pain caused by neuromuscular disorders, call Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles or book an appointment online today.