Background on Face Pain
Chronic facial pain is the term used to describe any pain associated in the face or next area and is commonly caused by problems with a person’s jaw. Chronic Face pain occurs in many people, and have a variety of causes. Over 4% of reported pain conditions deal with facial ache or pain.
Causes of Face Pain
Causes for facial pain include dental problems, Temperomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ), migraine headaches, and neuropathic facial pain. A common neuropathic pain in the face is called trigeminal neuralgia. The trigeminal nerve is the fifth cranial nerve and is the nerve responsible for communicating sensory information from the face to the brain. This nerve can trigger pain by every day activities including eating, smiling, talking, or brushing the teeth.
The trigeminal nerve has three branches affecting three different areas of the face. All of these branches can be the cause of the pain. Identifying the correct nerve is a crucial step to establish a treatment plan. Additional nerve bundles, such as the Sphenopalatine ganglion can also be the cause of the face pain.
Management of Chronic Facial Pain
If you’re experiencing any face pain you need to visit an experienced pain management provider, who specializes in using a multimodal approach to treating your identified diagnosis. Comprehensive care should include, conservative and alternative (physical therapy, Chiropractic care, Acupuncture), medication and interventional treatments. Cutting edge therapy include neuromodulation therapy and experimental stem cell therapies