Washington: Botox – popular for its ability to smooth wrinkles when injected into the face, may have another use that goes beyond the cosmetic, say Johns Hopkins researchers. Botox is a toxin that works by weakening or paralyzing certain nerves and muscles. In the new study, the researchers found that patients with a painful and debilitating nerve compression disorder called thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), reported a significant reduction in short-term pain after receiving a single, low-dose injection of Botox in a muscle located in the neck. Though the study, was small, researchers say it suggests Botox is a safe, noninvasive alternative to the syndrome`s treatment of last resort: surgery to remove the first rib and sever one of the muscles in the neck.
The study has been published in the April issue of the journal Pain Medicine. ANI
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