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What Bell’s Palsy Is And What We Should Know El Paso, Texas

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Individuals with Bell’s Palsy can be confronted with limited treatment options/plans. Because the condition affects each person differently, there is no cure–all treatment.

The steroid prednisone is often prescribed to treat patients, but there are many harmful side effects. Massage and physical therapy may also be used, but the results. Chiropractic treatment is a noninvasive, medicine-free way to treat Bell’s Palsy with several studies to prove it.

What is Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s Palsy is a condition that is marked by temporary facial paralysis due to trauma or damage done to the nerves in the face. The facial nerve, called the 7th cranial nerve, resided in the skull, traveling through the Fallopian canal (a bony, narrow canal in the skull) and extending from just under each ear to the muscles that are located on either side of the face.

This nerve is mostly in a hard, bony shell with just small portions that are exposed, allowing it to move the muscles on each respective side of the face. The facial nerve controls the mouth (smiling, forming words, etc.), closing the eyelids or blinking, frowning, and similar movements. It also transmits nerve impulses to the saliva glands, tear glands, taste sensations, and the muscles of the stapes (small bone located in the middle ear)

Bell’s Palsy affects the facial nerve, disrupting its function so that messages from the brain cannot reach the associated muscles. This results in facial paralysis or weakness.

This condition is not related to stroke, although some people may mistake it for a symptom of stroke. It usually only affects one side of the face. Incidences of Bell’s Palsy affecting both sides of the face at the same time is very rare.

The Symptoms

Bell’s palsy symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient, depending on severity. Some common symptoms include:

  • Paralysis on one side of the face
  • Weakness on one side of the face may range from mild to severe
  • Muscle twitching in the face
  • Drooping of one corner of the mouth
  • Drooping on the eyelid on one eye
  • Drooling
  • Dry eye
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive tearing that occurs in only one eye
  • Impaired sense of taste
  • Discomfort of pain behind the ear and around the jaw
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) – can be one ear or both
  • Sound hypersensitivity on the side that is affected
  • Headache
  • Impaired or slurred speech
  • Difficulty drinking or eating
  • dizziness

The symptoms usually come on suddenly and progress fairly rapidly, reaching their full effect within about 48 hours. It can leave the face very distorted during the time that the patient is experiencing a flare-up or symptoms.

Treatment Options

Milder cases of Bell’s Palsy are typically not treated and the symptoms will subside on their own in 10 to 14 days. More serious cases may require medical intervention such as medications like the steroid prednisone, acyclovir, and even ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

In severe cases where the eye is affected, the patient may not be able to close the eyelid so protecting that eye is a necessity as is keeping it from drying out by using lubricating eye drops. Facial massage, physical therapy, and acupuncture may also be used. Surgery for Bell’s Palsy is very rare due to its controversial nature.

Causes Of Bell’s Palsy

The cause of Bell’s Palsy is not known. Doctors do know that it is the result of the facial nerves becoming inflamed, swollen, or compressed, but why this happens is still a mystery.

Some researchers speculate that a viral infection could be the culprit. The theory is that an illness like the common cold sore virus or viral meningitis causes the nerves to become inflamed and swell in the Fallopian canal. This causes pressure on the nerve, cutting off the oxygen and blood supply to its cells.

Some common conditions that Bell’s Palsy has been associated with include:

  • Chronic middle ear infection
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Lyme disease
  • The flu or illnesses that are similar to the flu
  • High blood pressure
  • Tumors
  • Headaches
  • Diabetes
  • Facial injury
  • Skull fracture

Chiropractic for Bell’s Palsy

Case studies show that chiropractic for Bell’s Palsy is very effective. In some cases, the patient sees results almost immediately.

The chiropractor traditionally will deliver a chiropractic adjustment to the cervical spine. It is a safe treatment and generally works faster than other Bell’s Palsy treatments, including medication.

Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation El Paso, TX.

Dr. Alex Jimenez

Specialties: Stopping the PAIN! We Specialize in Treating Severe Sciatica, Neck-Back Pain, Whiplash, Headaches, Knee Injuries, Sports Injuries, Dizziness, Poor Sleep, Arthritis. We use advanced proven therapies focused on optimal mobility, posture control, health Instruction, functional fitness, and structural conditioning. We use effective "Patient Focused Diet Plans", Specialized Chiropractic Techniques, Mobility-Agility Training, Cross-Fit Protocols, and the Premier "PUSH Functional Fitness System" to treat patients suffering from various injuries and health problems. Ultimately, I am here to serve my patients and community as a Chiropractor passionately restoring functional life and facilitating living through increased mobility.

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