Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This post and all my blog posts are my experiences and opinions only.
Botox injections for spasticity in legs have become a popular treatment option for individuals with cerebral palsy or other neurological conditions that cause muscle spasticity. The injections work by blocking the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, resulting in a temporary relaxation of the affected muscles. Therefore, it wasn’t a surprise when this procedure was suggested for Seth by both his Orthopedic Surgeon and his Neurologist.
Due to Seth’s age, 20 months, he was sedated for the botox injections for spasticity in legs. Beforehand, they had us in a outpatient room where the doctor and nurse spoke to us and answered our questions. They also marked on his legs where he would be getting the injections. They gave him some oral medicine to make the transition easier; he got a little silly before he went back for the procedure.
The procedure itself didn’t take long, maybe 30 minutes. The orthopedic surgeon used a small needle to inject the Botox into the spots they marked on his leg. When he came back it took him a few minutes to wake up, which is normal. Then he had a drink and snack before we were on our way.
Recovery & Results
The recovery process for botox injections for spasticity in legs is very straightforward. Seth was sleepy after the procedure, but he was back to his normal activities within a few hours. The full effects of the injections took a few weeks to kick in. We did notice a difference in his hip flexibility. It was much easier for him to sit on his bottom as well as to change his diaper.
It’s important to note that botox injections for spasticity in legs is not a permanent solution. We were told effects typically last for three to six months, and repeat injections may be necessary to maintain the results. Specifically for Seth we have not had repeat injections as we decided to try oral baclofen (a medicine used to muscle stiffness and tightness). We wanted to decide which was a better solution for our son, especially at such a young age.
All in all…
Due to Set having SDR surgery in August of 2022, we have not had botox injections for spasticity in legs again or resumed the baclofen medicine. All in all, trust your gut and your doctor’s advice. You have to find the best solution for both you and your child. You are their biggest advocate!
Don’t let others who don’t understand your child’s struggles, make you doubt your parenting.Unknown