Botox relaxes muscles in a spastic child: Dr Mehta

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Mumbai, Nov 16 (UNI) Botox relaxes the muscles in a spastic child and thereby helps in proper growth of bones and so it is important to do an early intervention with Botox therapy which has negligible side effects, renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr Rujita Mehta said.

Dr Mehta was speaking here at a free medical camp for children suffering from Cerebral Palsy, who can not afford treatment for the same. The camp was organised by Dr Rujita Mehta and Dr Ashok Johri, in the memory of Late Dr Hemant Mehta.

Botox helps to delay surgery to a particular age, when the child can handle it, resulting in lesser number of operations.

Damage to the cerebrum causes problems and the nomenclature attached to these problems is 'Cerebral Palsy'. It is essentially associated with children and affects them in different ways. Some children could have severe muscular problems while others might encounter learning problems and still others might face speech problems.

''Botox, when administered in children, showed significant improvement in their conditions. It also reduces the incidence of painful spasms which is disruptive and distressing to a child,'' Dr Mehta added.


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