Botox - Helping Patients Move Again Video

In this medical video learn about the wonder shot that not only helps women look younger but helps patients who can barley move.
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Jennifer Matthews: Nine-year-old Andrew is not afraid to fall and he refuses to let cerebral palsy get the best of him. Andrew Carter: I like the jumping, That's my favorite part. That's why we did it today. Jennifer Matthews: When Andrew try to move, his muscles would fight him, jerking him around. It's a condition called spasticity. Botox injections help calm his muscles. Andrew Carter: It hurts but I really do think it helps because it loosens me up. Jennifer Matthews: Botulinum toxin is what causes food poisoning, but in these patients it's targeted to specific muscles. Lewis Andrew Koman: It causes partial paralysis in the muscle you inject it into. Jennifer Matthews: By relaxing muscles Botox is also helping stroke patients, like Ginger Hinshaw. She could barely move after her stroke. Ginger Hinshaw: My left hand if it's not in this splint, my fingers will just be in a knot. Jennifer Matthews: Today, she is able to write about what happened to her. Ginger Hinshaw: I have a lot of exercises and stretches to do at home to get me ready for my next phase of recovery. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Allison Brashear says there's no risk and patients can take it again and again and again. Allison Brashear: The beauty of the drug is that it stays where you put it. So you put the Botox in the arm, and it just stays there. Jennifer Matthews: Botox is getting patients like Ginger and Andrew control of their arms, legs and life. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.

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