Botox is not only a popular anti-aging treatment for getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles, but hasmedicinal uses for treating migraine headaches, stopping excessive sweating, and even treating an enlarged prostate. Many people believe that Botox gives them a much-needed boost of confidence when their face is showing the signs of aging, and researchers are studying the effects of Botox for all sorts of conditions and diseases.
An Australian stroke victim recently reported that he was able to walk again after almost two decades when he received a Botox treatment in his legs. At the young age of 26, Russel McPhee of Victoria collapsed suddenly at work and recovered from a stroke that left him in a wheelchair and walker.
He lost his job and his wife left him, but he continued to undergo physical therapy using a walker to stand up and move around. When he was 49 years old, Mr. McPhee began treatment with botulinum toxin injections at the St. John of God rehabilitation Center in Nepean, Victoria. It took about 30 days for Mr. McPhee to see an improvement, and he was able to stand up without a walker shortly after.
The Times reports that Mr. McPhee says he is able to start his life all over again, and no longer has to be confined to a wheelchair.
Botox has not been approved for use in stroke victims by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but may be administered for all types of “off label” purposes by licensed doctors. Botox has been approved for use for the treatment of glabellar lines and wrinkles, and continues to be the most sought-after non-surgical cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States.
Stroke victims may have other options beyond rehabilitation and conventional treatments, but no long-term studies have been published to date to indicate that Botox is an effective treatment.