Get to the point: drug modulation
Numerous existing neurologic symptoms or impairments can bei alleviated very well by means of drug modulation.
Due to its relatively simple application and low rate of side effects, the active ingredient botulinum toxin is often the first choice. Intrathecal therapy usually produces moderate to very good improvements in patients with pain and discomfort due to spasticity.
Medikamentöse Modulation mit Botulinumtoxin - ÖDBAG zertifierte Anwenderin
Drug modulation of botulinum toxin - also commonly known as Botox - can cause significant improvements for numerous ailments and impairments which last over many months. As a rule, botulinum toxin is injected directly into the affected muscles. The substance helps the muscles to relax and as they loosen up, within 2 weeks, spasticity, dystonia or associated pain in the muscle can improve significantly.
In this way, very good results can be achieved also for migraine, excessive salivation or sweating.
The effect of the botulinum toxin lasts for about three months. After this time period, a new injection is required. In order to always achieve an optimal effect with as few side effects as possible, the respective dose is adjusted step by step with each repeat injection.
Common indications for botulinum toxin therapy:
- increased salivation (hypersalivation)
- increased sweating (hyperhidrosis)
Bei Schmerzen oder Bewegungsstörungen aufgrund von Spastizität, die sich medikamentös nicht oder nur unzureichend behandeln lassen, ist die intrathekale Therapie eine Alternative. Hierbei wird ein Katheder direkt in den betroffenen Wirbelkanal gelegt. Über eine implantierte Pumpe werden auf diesem Weg kontinuierlich schmerzstillende beziehungsweise krampflösende Medikamente abgegeben.
The aim of intrathecal therapy is to reduce pain and generalized spasticity. The dosage of the administered drug is determined by a programming device and can be adjusted at any time.
In cases of spasticity or dystonia with accompanying cramps and pain, the local injection of botulinum toxin in the affected muscles may be indicated. Administering botulinum toxin helps loosen and relax the injected muscles, thus often significantly reducing the intensity of spasticity or dystonia – as well as the resulting pain – within approximately two weeks.
The aim of botulinum toxin injections is to reduce spastic or dystonic cramps. The effects of an injection last approximately three months, after which the injection must be repeated. The dose can be adjusted stepwise for each new injection to optimize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize side effects.