For many, Botox isn't only used for cosmetic reasons

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By KYW Newsradio 1060

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Botox still gets a great deal of attention because of the fact that it can be used to help people get rid of wrinkles. But the reason why Botox works so well is because the toxin actually makes the muscles unable to do their job. 

So when it comes time to make a wrinkle, it doesn't happen.  

Researchers are looking at many other ways to use Botox. 

One of the most effective treatments is for people with neck spasms. Researchers are also using Botox to help fight tremors caused by multiple sclerosis.

Botox may have gained fame for cosmetic reasons, but some of the other uses may have a far greater impact over the coming years.