What is Bels Palsy?

Bell’s Palsy is a one-sided, facial-nerve paralysis on one side of the face that causes the face to droop.  Bell’s palsy is a one of the most common neurologic disorders affecting the cranial nerves, and it is the most common form of facial paralysis worldwide.   This disfiguring disorder can have a devastating effect on a patient.

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Many health problems can cause Bels Palsy.  Here are some insights about the condition:

  • Some Bell’s Palsy cases are thought to be caused by the herpes virus that produces cold sores or is the result of an infection such as Lyme disease, trauma, toxic exposures or other causes that damage or inflame cranial nerves.
  • Bell’s Palsy is more common in adults, in people with diabetes and in pregnant women.
  • Bell’s Palsy comes on suddenly, often over night.
  • A small number of people may have permanent muscle weakness or other problems on the affected side of the face.  An even smaller number experience a reoccurrence.
  • It’s important to note that Bell’s Palsy is not the result of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Diagnosis & Treatment

Patients that come to our clinic with signs and symptoms of Bell’s Palsy can expect a full neurological and physical examination including assessing all your cranial nerves that that supply the face.  Your doctor may also order tests, such as blood tests, an MRI or a CT scan to pinpoint the cause of the facial paralysis.  The entire diagnostic process helps us develop a treatment plan to relieve symptoms and restore function and facial symmetry.  Treatment options available at our clinics include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments using a variety of techniques
  • Specialized exercise
  • Massage