The FDA just expanded clearance for Botox, approving the drug to be used as a treatment for spasticity in muscles of the elbow, wrist and fingers. Such conditions occur frequently after a stroke, injury or debilitating disease.
They specified that Botox treatment should not be considered a substitute for physical therapy or the “usual standard of care rehabilitation regimens.”
It seems that treatment applications for Botox are continually expanding. While Botox is best known for cosmetic usage — typically the treatment of forehead wrinkles or “frown lines” –there are several therapeutic treatments now being offered by physicians today. Excessive sweating, cervical dystonia and muscle spasm are just a few of those alternative treatments.