Letitia Muresan

Botox® Treatments for spasticity.

FIFTY THOUSAND CANADIANS SUFFER A STROKE EVERY YEAR, AT A RATE OF ONE PERSON EVERY 10 MINUTES. THE INCIDENCE OF STROKES IS INCREASING WITH CANADA'S AGING POPULATION, WHICH MAKES IT MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER FOR PRIMARY CAREGIVERS TO HAVE THE RIGHT INFORMATION.

A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function. It is caused by the interruption of flow of blood to the brain (ischemic stroke) or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). The interruption of blood flow or the rupture of blood vessels causes brain cells (neurons) in the affected area to die. A stroke can impact any number of areas including your ability to move, see, remember, speak, reason and read and write.

Botox® is a substance derived from botulinum toxin that works by preventing nerve impulses from reaching the muscle, causing the muscle to relax. Widely perceived as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, its application and benefits are far more than just cosmetic – it can also be used to treat hemifacial spasm,hyperhidrosis, strabismus, cervical dystonia blepharospam, and management of post-stroke spasticity].

In stroke recovery, Botox® not only promotes quality of life, but reduces cost of care through increased mobility and greater independence. Stroke is the No. 1 cause of adult disability in Canada and the third leading cause of death. Approximately 300,000 Canadians are living with the effects of a stroke. Fewer than 50 percent of stroke survivors return to work, leaving families with care-giving responsibilities and the additional burden of lost income.

The range of non-cosmetic applications for Botox® is remarkable, and Dr. Muresan's expertise in this area of treatment spans an impressive 10 years.. EMG guidance is used for all post-stroke injections, a method that is proven to be both safe and effective.

Botox® treatments have been shown to help patients regain flexibility of their limbs through oral medication or injections of botulinum toxin A (approved in Canada as BOTOX®). Reduced pain and discomfort make a huge difference in the overall quality of life, and these treatments give patients confidence and independence, allowing them to overcome everyday challenges as simple as dressing themselves.

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