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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