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    susiebelle posted:
    has anyone used botox to relax finger tone to help regain use of fingers? if so please let me know details this is being recommended to me by my OT.
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    Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
    Botox( botulinum toxin) is a very safe way to decrease spasticity, particularly in small muscles, like those in the hand. The toxin is given in a very weakened strength by injecting very small amounts into the muscle that the doctor wants to weaken. A very small needle is used and you should have only minimal discomfort. It takes 2-3 weeks for the toxin to weaken the muscle. It is important that you combine therapy with the injection, so that the tight muscles can be stretched and relaxed.

    Here is a link to a good description of spasticity and its treatment.

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    After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
     
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    susiebelle replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
    many thanks for response!

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    Richard C Senelick, MD replied to susiebelle's response:
    Here is a link to a You Tube Video on spasticity. There are many others on You Tube that actually show the Botox being injected.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nxCqjuJQM0
    After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
     
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    susiebelle replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
    thanks so much! this is very helpful .


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