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Botox for Back Pain?

Botox - it's not just for wrinkles anymore. The history of botox is a curious one to me, considering that it is made from the same bacteria that causes botulism food poisoning. Before it was the "cure" for wrinkles, it was used to treat muscle spasms of the face as well as cerebal palsy. Well, botox is now being studied as a means of treating chronic back pain.

Painfully tight back muscles are injected with botox which can stop or reduce muscle spasms by blocking nerve signals to the affected muscles. No troubling side affects have been reported, but as it is still being studied it is impossible to guarantee that a botox injection is an effective and safe treatment for back pain.

I guess with this treatment you would have less of those troubling back wrinkles too. Just kidding.

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rubialala rubialala 10 years
This doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Yep, I remember before it was the "hot new wrinkle cure" they were injecting it into my little brother's ankle, trying to correct damage from cerebral palsy. It hurt him so bad, even my mom (who is very tough) felt bad and wouldn't bring him back. That really makes me wonder WHY people would inject it into their faces. And yeah, Botox means botulism toxin.
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