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Posted by Rochelle McCartney on February 03, 2000 at 16:50:36:

In Reply to: Ever heard of Boetox injections? posted by Dawn Menke on November 24, 1999 at 13:44:24:

Hi Dawn:

My son, Joshua, who is 8 years old, recently had Botox injections in December, 1999. He had four shots, two in each leg. He was very stiff in the knees and he could not stretch his kness out. His left leg was very turned in and on his toes. After the Botox injections, he is more relaxed in the knees and can straighten them out and doesn't fight walking with his walker as much. He still needs assistance while walking with his walker but we have noticed a difference in the tone in his legs. He was also casted on both legs from the knees down seven days after the injections to help keep his legs straight and in a good stretch. These casts were left on for two weeks. It is up to the therapist and doctor whether casting is necessary. All in all, good results. We will probably do it again in 3 months as that is how long Botox generally lasts.

Just so you know, Botox does not guarantee walking in a child or adjult with CP. It simply eases the muscle tone and, therefore, may make it easier on the child or adult to use those muscles without pain and stifness.

Botox is derived from the "Botulism" virus which technically weakens or paralizes muscles. Botox injections are used in a good way and in small doses. The injections generally last for approx 3 months. You can get them again after the 3 months. If you want more infor on it, feel free to contact me.

Ontario, Canada

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