Cervical Dystonia

  • There is no cure for cervical dystonia. Botox can help to reduce the severity of abnormal head position and neck pain associated with cervical dystonia.
  • Tiny needles are used to inject Botox into the neck and head muscles. An EMG is used to test if the correct muscle is being targeted before each injection is performed. An EMG measures and records muscle activity and may help the physician locate overactive muscles. Ultrasound is also now be used in some cases to guide the injections.
  • Every patient is different and it may take several visits before we determine the correct amount of Botox to inject at each location to alleviate symptoms.
  • Most patients see results about two weeks after treatment and full results after six weeks. Additional treatment is usually needed every twelve weeks.