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Trigeminal Neuralgia

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

It refers to a chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve in the face.

What are the causes of trigeminal neuralgia?

It is caused by a blood vessel pressing on the trigeminal nerve. This compression damages the nerve over time, interfering with its normal functioning. The condition may also be caused by a stroke, a tumour, or multiple sclerosis.

Can physiotherapy help people with trigeminal neuralgia?

Yes. physiotherapy treatment along with medication can be effective in relieving symptoms in patient suffering from trigeminal neuralgia. Physiotherapy treatment for neuralgia is focused on decreasing the symptoms of neuralgia, improving muscle strength and overall quality of life.

What are the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia?

  • Sudden pain usually felt on one side of your jaw or cheek

  • Pain is sharp, shooting, stabbing, burning or electric shock-like

  • Pain can be triggered by talking, chewing, swallowing, eating hot or cold food or drinks, and brushing your teeth

  • The pain is localised

  • The area may be excruciatingly sensitive to touch, and any pressure is felt as pain

  • The affected area is still functional

  • Muscle spasms may be present

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