How Much for an Injection in Arm? I've Heard a Shot In the Arm Can Help a Quad's Hand Move?

Understand that botox shot into the arm made a quad's hand moveable enough to use it. How much for an injection in my quad son's elbow to help him move his hand? And, is this safe?

Doctor Answers 3

Botox can reduce spasticity in a patient with dystrophy

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In muscular dystrophy patients, the muscle may be relaxed to allow movement with much higher doses used than in cosmetic wrinkle treatment.  A neurologist should be consulted to see if your son's condition could be possibly improved with the use of Botox, temporarily.  There is a good chance that medical insurance would consider this a valid claim for reimbursement.

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Botox in quadraplegic

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The way Botox would work in that case is if there is limited motion due to spasm in a muscle and then the Botox is injected into the spastic muscle to allow the other muscle to work. If the muscles have lost innervations though, there is no way Botox would help. A neurologist could help you decide if it will help in your case.

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Botox for spastic paralysis

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Thanks for your question -

This is a complex question that you should consult a neurologist to get a qualified answer.  Botox can be used to treat spastic paralysis by _increasing_ paralysis of overactive muscles.

Botox will not work for flacid paralysis or work to reverse paralysis.

In addition, if botox is appropriate, it would likely be covered by insurance.

Hope this helps.

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