Dr. Izor and the Neurology Solutions staff have extensive experience providing therapies such as nerve block and therapeutic toxin injections.

Nerve blocks

Nerve blocks are a combination of an anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, and steroid that prevent the transmission of pain signals to the brain. They are used in the treatment of painful conditions and chronic pain when prescription drugs or other treatments fail to control pain or cause side effects. Nerve blocks for chronic pain may work for six to 12 months.

Botulinum Toxin Treatments – Botox®, Myobloc® and Dysport®

Dystonia is a disorder characterized by involuntary-sustained muscle contractions resulting in twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Botox for dystonia can help people lead better lives.

Therapeutic Botulinum toxin treatments (Botox®, Myobloc® and Dysport®) can significantly improve the symptoms of dystonia. Since it was first introduced in the 1980’s, Botulinum Toxin type A or Botox has been highly successful in the treatment of dystonia. In 2000, the FDA approved Botox type B, or Myobloc, therapy for treatment of patients with cervical dystonia to reduce the severity of abnormal head position and neck pain associated with the condition. Dysport was approved in 2009.

Botulinum toxin is injected directly into muscles to relax their spasticity by blocking nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract. The treatments are repeated every 3 to 4 months and can be continued as long as the patient continues to respond and does not have a serious allergic reaction.

Many factors affect the dose of botulinum toxin and other nerve blocks during dystonia treatment. Administration of these therapies requires a thorough understanding of the substances used, preparation of various dilutions and mixtures, and practical knowledge of dosages and anatomy. To contact our office or make an appointment an Austin neurologist, please click here.