Facial Nerve Pain Relief Treatments Milwaukee
Beyond facial soreness or discomfort brought on by common mishaps or irritations, chronic facial pain requires medical attention and treatment. It is necessary to identify the pain location, quality of pain, age of the patient, pain timing, and trigger features. Also required is a complete examination including the head, neck, cranial nerves, eye, ears, and sensory systems. In addition, MRI studies may be needed. Two common conditions causing facial pain are trigeminal neuralgia and temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ).
The trigeminal nerve is responsible for carrying sensation messages to the brain. When inflamed, excruciating pain results. This causes everyday activities to become difficult to accomplish. Such as talking, applying makeup, smiling, or facial cleansing.
TMJ is a condition that is caused by damage to the jaw and/or muscles producing pain in your head and neck. Blunt force trauma, whiplash, shaking, stress, and teeth grinding can contribute to the development of TMJ. Stress causes subconsciously clenched muscles or jaw joints leading to injury over time. Some people have conditions of subconscious teeth grinding, most common in sleep, which can cause damage to the jaw joints over time, also.
Symptoms of Chronic Facial Pain
Levels of pain depend on how badly the structures are damaged and what the cause of the pain is. Trigeminal nerve pain varies from patient to patient. TMJ pain causes painful chewing, stiff jaw joints, and facial inflammation.
Identifiable symptoms for both include:
- Pain that is very sharp and spontaneous
- Pain sessions that may extend different time periods
- Pain starts mild and increases to severe and then returns to mild, repeatedly
- Pain stays on either one side of the face or a singular location on the face
Treatment for Facial Pain
Some approaches to treatment are:
- Heating and cooling packs
- Night guard for TMJ
- Radiofrequency stimulation
- Balloon compression surgery