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Stroke Victim Restores Health with Botox

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 13, 2009

j0321088Botox is not only a popular anti-aging treatment for getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles, but hasmedicinal uses for treating migraine headaches, stopping excessive sweating, and even treating an enlarged prostate. Many people believe that Botox gives them a much-needed boost of confidence when their face is showing the signs of aging, and researchers are studying the effects of Botox for all sorts of conditions and diseases.

An Australian stroke victim recently reported that he was able to walk again after almost two decades when he received a Botox treatment in his legs. At the young age of 26, Russel McPhee of Victoria collapsed suddenly at work and recovered from a stroke that left him in a wheelchair and walker.

He lost his job and his wife left him, but he continued to undergo physical therapy using a walker to stand up and move around. When he was 49 years old, Mr. McPhee began treatment with botulinum toxin injections at the St. John of God rehabilitation Center in Nepean, Victoria. It took about 30 days for Mr. McPhee to see an improvement, and he was able to stand up without a walker shortly after.

The Times reports that Mr. McPhee says he is able to start his life all over again, and no longer has to be confined to a wheelchair.

Botox has not been approved for use in stroke victims by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but may be administered for all types of “off label” purposes by licensed doctors. Botox has been approved for use for the treatment of glabellar lines and wrinkles, and continues to be the most sought-after non-surgical cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States.

Stroke victims may have other options beyond rehabilitation and conventional treatments, but no long-term studies have been published to date to indicate that Botox is an effective treatment.


One Response to “Stroke Victim Restores Health with Botox”

  1. handbiofeedback said

    An experienced physical/ occupational therapist will be able to reduce their patients’ spasticiy for the short term without botox by means of techniques such as manipulation, stretching and positioning of the patient and limb. This will allow the patient to work on intensive task and isolated exercise based tasks. While the spasticity is reduced the patient will begin to improve their movement or motor sensory ability. This improved motor/ sensory ability may well then allow the patient to do active daily living tasks that they were not able to do before the treatment sessions despite an increased spasticity.

    Traditional Occupational and Physical therapy provides the patient task orientated training (TOT). TOT is intensive repetition of everyday functional tasks or Active daily living tasks. The MediTouch HandTutor is a rehabilitation glove and software which offers impairment oriented training (IOT) and augmented feedback. The HandTutor provides repetitive customized isolated or inter joint co-ordinated finger and wrist hand exercises and rehabilitates fine movements of the hand and wrist. At the same time the dedicated rehabilitation software motivates the patient to continue intensive repetitive exercises by providing challenging games that have been designed around both neurological and Orthopedic conditions.

    Research with the HandTutor confirms that task oriented training should be combined with Impairment oriented (IOT) training to achieve enhanced functional recovery. The HandTutor is used in hospitals and community hand therapy clinics and home care to give an intensive active isolated exercise program.

    Examples of patients that are treated include Stroke, TBI, spinal cord injury CP, Orthopedic hand and arm surgery, development co-ordination disorders in children.

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