While many medical innovators today might rely on fancy labs, equipment, or software, no true innovator can dispute the importance of a little duct tape. Facial paralysis therapy, as you might guess, involves a lot of practicing in the mirror. Jodi and Gincy found, however, that looking in the mirror can be distressing to patients. The idea is that nerves behave differently if the brain perceives that the area of the body is present and in working order. Within minutes after the session, the two had a plan.
Our patients are all ages and experience facial pain or paralysis due to trauma, illness, surgery, strokes or congenital conditions. We also treat chronic facial pain patients and are on the forefront of new methods in treating these devastating conditions. Often sufferers of these conditions feel there is no hope. Over years of practice, they have built a reputation as being among the best facial reconstruction surgeons in the country. Michelle's debilitating facial pain from trigeminal neuralgia prevented her from working, speaking with friends and family, and simple pleasures like cooking and cycling with her husband. Watch as her life has turned around following microvascular decompression surgery by Dr. Michael Lim.
Each year, more than 51, people in the UK lose the ability to smile, speak, eat or close their eyes, due to Facial Palsy. The condition - caused by conditions such as Bell's Palsy and Stroke - can be devastating. Treatment is expensive too. But thanks to one of our research teams, new low-cost therapy technologies are now in development. Not only can they improve the recovery of facial palsy patients, they could save the NHS millions too.
Background and Purpose. Bell palsy is an acute facial paralysis of unknown etiology. Although recovery from Bell palsy is expected without intervention, clinical experience suggests that recovery is often incomplete. This case report describes a classification system used to guide treatment and to monitor recovery of an individual with facial paralysis.