Botulinum Toxin Clinic

The Gardner Family Center includes a clinic for patients who receive injections of botulinum toxin to treat dystonia and spasticity, conditions that often occur with movement disorders and that cause muscles to contract or spasm involuntarily. Botulinum toxin was introduced as a therapeutic tool in the late 1980s and revolutionized the treatment of dystonia by offering a new, localized method for significantly relieving symptoms in many people. Botulinum toxin, a biological product, is injected into specific muscles, where it acts to relax the muscles and reduce excessive muscle contractions.

The Gardner Family Center also collaborates with otolaryngologists who specialize in vocal cord function. Through the center’s botulinum toxin clinic, patients can receive injections in the vocal cords that can improve voice and swallowing problems in dystonia and associated disorders.