Botulinum neurotoxin – A treatment of refactory neck pain: A randomised double blind, placebo-controlled study.

Placebo-controlled means that half of the people in the study received injections with no active medication in, and the other half received active medication ,i.e.botox. Double blind means that both subject and doctor didn’t know who received placebo or botox. The study showed a significant reduction in the pain scores in the botox group, which is encouraging for the future treatment of such people. However, the authors do emphasise that injections should only be done be people properly trained in the technique. Doses of botox used were between 150 and 300 units per subject.

(Extracted from Body Language Issue 35 – September/October 2009)