You most likely have your regular family physician, your dentist, and maybe your chiropractor established in your life. You know them and they know you. No one ever plans on encountering facial paralysis in their life, so when you experience this, it’s important to do your research and find the right physician to care for your needs. When it come to facial nerve paralysis you will need to see more than your family doctor for treatment, rehabilitation and diagnosis. Here are the top three reasons to see a specialist:
- A general doctor may be able to diagnose your facial paralysis, but beyond that, they may be minimally trained and equipped. A specialist in facial paralysis is passionate about being trained in every aspect relating to the condition.
- A specialist at a facial nerve paralysis center, like New York Facial Paralysis, works with a multi-disciplinary team of doctors who can help, diagnose, treat and help you in the recovery of your facial paralysis. Having a team of experts on your side is far superior to one doctor who has limited knowledge on the condition.
- You always want a leader in the field of facial nerve paralysis on your side.
Teresa O, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of facial nerve paralysis. She is Co-Director of the Facial Nerve Center at Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospitals. After she began seeing many patients with the devastating results of facial paralysis, she pursued further training in facial nerve reanimation with Dr. Hodlock and Dr. Cheney at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.