Treatment Information

What is a botox injection?

A botox injection is the injection of a small amount of botulinum, type A or B, into the selected muscles where you have abnormal muscle tone, movement, contracture, posturing, or pain.


Why would a botox injection be performed?

A botox injection may be performed if you are experiencing persistent problems with muscle spasticity, pain, pr a stiff immobile limb. The benefits include increased mobility, decreased muscle spasms, improvement in pain, and ability to participate in rehabilitation to work on range of motion.


What are reasons NOT to do a botox injection?

A botox injection will NOT be performed if you have an active infection, currently taking antibiotics, any known history of botox sensitivity, taking any medications that can interfere with neurotransmission, bleeding problems, and/or pregnancy.


What are the preparations for the procedure?

No special preparations are required for the botox injection.


What will occur during the botox injection?

After the procedure and complications have been explained by the physician or physician assistant, an informed consent paper, (giving permission for the procedure), must be signed by the patient. The patient may be placed in a sitting or lying position. The area to be injected will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution, which is usually betadine unless you are allergic to this. Then, the physician will use a small needle to inject the botox into the problem area.


How long is the procedure?

Usually, the botox injection take less than 5 minutes depending on the number of areas to be injected.


What happens after the procedure?

After the procedure is completed, the injection are will be cleaned. A band-aid will be applied. When ready, you will be given discharge instructions and any follow-up information that is needed.


What are possible complications from the procedure?

This procedure does come with risks. Complications that can occur include but are not limited to infection, bleeding, and reaction to the botox medication.



If you suspect you might be pregnant or know you are pregnant, please notify the physician or any staff member, as this is a reason NOT to do the injection.

If you are taking a blood thinning medication such as coumadin, please notify physician before the procedure.

After the procedure, you should resume your regular medications as you are prescribed if those medications were stopped before the injection.


* If you do not understand any part of the above material, please discuss it with your physician or physician assistant. *


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