OrthoIndy physician Dr. Carlos Berrios answers a few questions about botox in pediatrics.
Q. What are the most common injuries you treat using Botox injections in pediatrics?
A. “Botox is one more tool in the treatment of neuromuscular conditions like Cerebral Palsy, basically it is an injection into the spastic muscle that is producing deformity or interfering with function. By injecting the medication into the muscle, the muscle will relax and allow more normal function.”
Q. When do you recommend Botox injections in pediatrics?
A. “It is recommended for children who are too young to have lengthening surgery. The injection, along with physical therapy and stretching can improve function.”
Q. Why do you think using Botox in pediatrics is successful?
A. “It is successful because it does improve function. For example, if you are walking on tip of toes, it will allow you to walk normally after injection. However, improvement will last about 3 to 12 months. That is why later on they will need surgery.”
Q. How long does it take to recover from most injuries that are treated with Botox injections?
A. “Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong condition but not progressive. When you are skeletally mature you don’t have increasing spasticity, that is why injections are done while growing.”
Q. Is there any advice you offer your patients or their parents when dealing with Botox injections?
A. “It often requires general anesthetic to avoid pain at injection site; side effects are fever for one or two days and sometimes initial weakness.”
Q. Is there anything else you would like to add about your experience with Botox in pediatrics?
A. “It is a treatment done frequently in a pediatric orthopedic practice because it is proven to improve function.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Berrios please call 317.802.2847 or learn more about pediatric orthopedic care at OrthoIndy.