Botulinum Toxin A (BTA) is a muscle relaxant derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. This bacterium has associations with botulism, a rare form of food poisoning, but can, like many toxic substances when used in small, controlled doses, provide safe, effective relief from a number of conditions. Currently BTA, under the brand name BotoxTM, is perhaps more commonly associated with face-lifts. More can be found at:

Henry has now had 2 rounds of Botox, with the first round being particularly successful. With the spasticity temporarily removed we found that Henry has a decent underlying range of motion, although the muscles were weak. We see this as a good precursor for SDR surgery as we have has a glimpse of what Henry is capable of without the spasticity and he was certainly determined to get on his feet and moving after both rounds of Botox.