Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Botox Injections Can Improve Stroke Recovery
Findings presented last Friday at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R):
Dr. Brashear received her medical degree from Indiana University and completed her residency there. She was Vice-Chairman of Clinical Practice and Practice Development while at I.U. School of Medicine and was an Associate Professor of Neurology. She has special interests in Botulinum toxin, dystonia, and Alzheimer's disease.
New research shows that repeated treatments of botulinum toxin type A (BoNTA) over one year after a stroke can improve muscle tone and reduce pain in the arms and hands, making it easier for patients to dress themselves and perform personal hygiene.
“The treatment resulted in sustained and meaningful functional improvement that makes a difference in the daily lives of stroke patients and the people who care for them,” said Allison Brashear, M.D., professor and chairman of neurology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
The study was conducted by Brashear and colleagues while she was at Indiana University School of Medicine.