While we most commonly associate Botox with helping people fight the signs of ageing and staying looking younger for longer, you might be interested to learn that there are in fact other medical uses for it. Here are just four of them.
Bladder incontinence control
A new study from Duke University found that injecting Botox into the bladder could provide women experiencing incontinence with some daily relief. It works by relaxing the overactive muscles that cause the condition.
To ease migraines
In July 2010, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency licensed Botox for the treatment of chronic migraines. Studies suggest it works by reducing the expression of pain pathways that feature nerve cells in the trigeminovascular system, which is a sensory pathway believed by some to have a key role to play in the headache phase of a migraine.
For stroke patients
In the US right now, Botox is being used to help stroke victims to help prevent contractures of the joints, where people are unable to straighten their knees or extend their shoulders, for example.
Easing pain in knee joints for athletes
Researchers from Imperial College London have been looking into how botulinum toxin can be used to help treat lateral patellofemoral overload syndrome in runners and cyclists, pain that affects the front and side of the knee joint. The majority of patients had complete pain relief five years after the injections and needed no additional medical interventions.
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