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  • Bell’s palsy causes facial weakness or paralysis due to inflammation of the 7th cranial nerve (the facial nerve) that supplies movement and some sensation to each side of the face. The condition typically affects only one side of the face, which can make Bell’s palsy usually comes on very quickly, with one-sided facial weakness or paralysis emerging over the course of hours. Because of this rapid onset of symptoms—and the fact that these symptoms can resemble stroke—your doctor will first rule out other potential causes of your symptoms before diagnosing you with Bell’s palsy..
  • Many people know about the cosmetic uses of Botox®, or botulinum toxin, but it is also an effective treatment for many types of involuntary movements that fall under the category of movement disorders. Injected into the skin or muscle with a small needle, the treatment is called “chemodenervation.”
  • Chemodenervation is a treatment by injection of botulinum toxin to relieve symptoms of various medical conditions, including chronic migraine, overactive bladder, movement disorders like dystonia, tremor and spasticity, and more. Botox® and similar agents that contain the botulinum toxin interrupt the messages that go from nerve to muscle, weakening the muscles and reducing or stopping muscle movement. Chemodenervation is a loss of nerve function by a chemical agent.