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Bell’s Palsy or Stroke? Know the Difference.

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With facial paralysis being a dominant symptom of both Bell’s palsy and stroke, knowing the difference between these two medical conditions can save your life. Bell’s Palsy Bell’s palsy is a form of facial paralysis that affects the seventh cranial nerve, located in the skull and traveling beneath the ear to muscles on either side… Continue reading

Can Stress Induce Physical Paralysis?

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If 2020 taught us anything, it is that stress can wreak havoc on our lives. Stress is a powerful reaction to stimuli around the body. Job loss, financial problems, medical concerns, and fear of the future can put untold amounts of stress on our bodies. In 2020, sadly, the suicide rate among Americans sky-rocketed as… Continue reading

Pseudobulbar Palsy

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Pseudobulbar palsy is a medical condition wherein the affected individual is unable to control facial movements. Pseudobulbar palsy is medically characterized as a disease because there is no cure for the condition. Treatment for the condition focuses on treating the underlying causes of the disease and managing the symptoms. Pseudobulbar palsy is a disheartening condition… Continue reading

General Approach to Facial Palsy

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Your face is your most recognizable feature, and if facial paralysis occurs, it is a devastating condition with functional and esthetic effects resulting in profound quality-of-life impairment. Facial paralysis or palsy is the loss of facial movement resulting from inflammation, injury, infection, or absence of the facial nerve or facial musculature. This condition can affect… Continue reading

Congenital Facial Paralysis

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A congenital disorder is a condition that exists at or before birth, regardless of cause. Congenital facial paralysis can affect children starting at birth, having a significant impact on a child’s life. While there are the obvious physical side effects of this condition, children will also face emotional issues associated with facial paralysis that can… Continue reading

Facial Reanimation

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The ability to smile is something that most of us take for granted. We don’t truly understand how important it is for us to be able to express ourselves until that ability is taken away. Facial paralysis often causes people to lose the ability to smile or express themselves through facial expressions. Facial paralysis is… Continue reading

Facial Nerve Damage

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There are millions of nerves running through your body. They tell you when something itches, hurts, feels uncomfortable, or when something feels nice (like a neck massage). These sensory impulses are highways where transmissions run back and forth to control movement and bodily reactions. The facial nerve controls the movements of the forehead, eyes, mouth,… Continue reading

Speech Impairment Due to Facial Paralysis

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Facial paralysis is the loss of facial movement resulting from inflammation, injury, infection, or absence of the facial nerve or facial musculature. Most of the time, facial paralysis affects only one side of the face, causing an asymmetrical appearance. While the embarrassment of asymmetrical features can cause issues to a person’s self-esteem and confidence, many… Continue reading


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The term synkinesis means “simultaneous movement”. Facial synkinesis refers to the simultaneous movement that occurs where the facial nerve has been damaged, cut and sewn back together, or after Bell’sBell’s palsy. Suffers of Bell’sBell’s palsy typically make a full recovery, but the facial nerve fibers may be implanted into different muscles that cause synkinesis. Those… Continue reading

Stress Induced Bell’s Palsy

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Stress is an unwanted side-effect of life. Even those who claim to have an “easy time of it,” will admit that certain situations can bring forth stress. Whether you find work stressful, family relationships stressful, or planning an event stressful – we all experience tension and anxiety in different forms. The thing about stress is… Continue reading



New York Facial Paralysis

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New York, NY 10065
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