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American Family Children's Hospital

Botox Injections for Movement Disorders

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(608) 263-5442

UW Health Movement Disorders neurologists provide skilled injection of Botox® for the treatment of a variety of disorders that result in abnormal postures or movements.


Conditions Treated by Botox®


Botox® may be used to treat:

  • Dystonia
  • Blepharospasm
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Motor tics and spasticity
  • Orofacial dyskinesias
  • Drooling

What does Botox® do?


Botox® is the brand name of a neurotoxin. Localized injections can help an overactive muscle relax by blocking a neurotransmitter (acetylcholine) that is involved in muscle contraction. Botox® does not permanently deactivate muscles.


The peak effect of Botox® occurs at roughly the 7-10 day mark. Repeat treatments are needed at approximately three-month intervals.


How is Botox® administered?


Botox® is injected under the skin or into the muscle using small needles. Depending on the particular indication, sometimes electromyography (EMG) guidance is needed. Patient discomfort is usually mild - in most cases, similar to a flu shot. Some people opt to take Tylenol or a mild sedative prior to the procedure.


The Patient Experience


An initial consultation with a doctor determines whether Botox® is an appropriate treatment. If so, a treatment appointment will be scheduled during which the procedure will be re-explained and questions/concerns addressed.


Injections are performed in the office and the patient can go home afterward. A follow-up visit (in person or by telephone) is usually set up within two to three weeks to evaluate to results of the injection and discuss any side effects or concerns.