Facial Nerve Injury

Facial nerve injury involves various stages of recovery.  A thorough assessment of the face by your therapist will determine the stage of recovery demonstrated by the nerve.  The stage of recovery in turn determines the activities and interventions that are appropriate to the nerve at that time. Applying the appropriate treatments relevant to the stage of recovery in the facial nerve is intended to maximise return of normal movement while minimising mass movement patterns and tightness which will affect resting and movement symmetry.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome results from a reactivation of the Shingles virus in facial nerves, causing them to become inflamed and irritated. Symptoms include severe pain, dizziness or unsteadiness, facial palsy, loss of hearing and possibly a rash. Without prompt and appropriate treatment for Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, including steroids to reduce swelling and antivirals to reduce infection, patients may develop long-term debilitating vestibular problems (balance disorder).

Bell's Palsy

 

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