Botox is a word most associate with plastic surgery and beauty treatments, but the treatment also has other uses. For certain types of cerebral palsy, it is used as a treatment to block the signals between nerves and muscles to reduce muscle stiffness.
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However, according to Cerebral Palsy News Today, a new study says that the drug may not outperform other forms of treatment. The study was published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
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The drug is used when only a specific group of muscles is continuously contracted. Injecting botox into these muscles forces them to relax. The review looked at studies that checked its safety and effectiveness compared to placebo and other treatments. 1,508 children were part of the review, most between the ages of 3 and 7.
The review authors said that the quality of evidence in the studies was too low. They could not draw a conclusion that botox was better than placebo or traditional treatments like plaster casts. However, they did say it was better than using splints.
This is not evidence that botox treatments for children with CP is unsafe, just that it’s not proven to be better than interventions that are not drug-based. If more research comes out about the effectiveness of botox for stiff muscles in children with Cerebral Palsy, we will report on it.