Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic condition affecting a large nerve in the head. For sufferers, it can cause extreme, sudden-onset pain. There is currently no cure for TN, but many patients turn to a chiropractor for Trigeminal Neuralgia to help manage the condition.
At Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York, our team provides specialized, compassionate upper cervical care for trigeminal neuralgia. We offer a world-class facility, and our team has the tools and knowledge to help relieve some of your pain.
What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN)?
TN affects the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve. Some research suggests TN may result from trauma to the trigeminal nerve resulting in nerve compression and loss of its protective coating. Other research indicates the cause may be biochemical changes or a compressed blood vessel. Regardless of the cause, most studies agree TN symptoms themselves stem from the damaged nerve remaining highly active.
TN symptoms include high levels of pain, which can feel like an electric shock. The pain affects the face, usually on the right side, and can last for a few seconds or a few minutes. Patients may experience a series of such pains within a short period of time.
Over time, TN symptoms tend to get worse, and doctors traditionally prescribe medication for the pain. However, as the pain increases, patients need more and more medication to cope. Eventually, doctors may recommend surgery as a last resort.
Pain From Trigeminal Neuralgia
The trigeminal nerve divides into the ophthalmic, maxillary and mandibular, each providing sensation to different areas of the face. Depending on which branch of the nerve experiences irritation, you may feel pain from trigeminal neuralgia anywhere in your face. People with trigeminal neuralgia commonly experience intense pain in the lower half of their face.
Typically, trigeminal neuralgia will begin with a tingling or numb sensation in the face, followed by short bursts of pain lasting seconds to minutes until the pain becomes continuous. You may continue to experience flare-ups for weeks or months after the initial incident, followed by a painless period that may last for years. While this pain may seem to disappear, it can come back with greater intensity, making it essential to develop a treatment plan with your chiropractor.
HOW CAN UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA HELP?An upper cervical chiropractor with services for trigeminal neuralgia can take imaging scans of the upper spine and neck area to determine if a vertebra is in misalignment. If it is, they can gently realign it so it does not trigger pain. After this process, you may need additional imaging to determine whether the vertebrae are in alignment.
There is research finding that compressed nerves, caused by an abnormal blood vessel, may cause TN pain. An upper cervical chiropractic clinic offering options for trigeminal neuralgia will correct misalignments of the spine, helping restore proper communication between the spinal cord, nerves and brain by removing compression from the brain stem and the nerves surrounding it. Many patients find this eases pain.
Why Choose An Upper Cervical Chiropractor?
Most people treat their trigeminal neuralgia by applying heat or cold packs. However, while these methods may work, applying constant pressure and extreme temperatures can cause irreversible damage. Seek the help of Dr. Gertner as soon as possible. Since trigeminal neuralgia connects to make nerve disorders, chiropractic care is an increasingly popular treatment method to reduce symptoms. Additional benefits of choosing our practice for your treatment include:
Nerve Pain Management
A spinal misalignment can affect the function of your nerve and lead to worsening symptoms. Receiving specific adjustments from Dr. Gertner can correct misalignments to restore nerve function and reduce pain symptoms.
Natural and Safe Treatment
Typical options for treating nerve pain include medication, surgery and injections, which may damage the nerve further or be highly invasive without a guarantee of relief. Undergoing chiropractic care is a safe and natural option that treats the source of your pain — the nerves themselves.
Trigeminal neuralgia is often the result of other health conditions, and patients can receive treatment for multiple health conditions while treating nerve pain. When developing a treatment plan, Dr. Gertner will consider your entire body and your nerve pain to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Contact Our UCC Chiropractor for Trigeminal Neuralgia Relief
With only a few hundred specialists around the globe who practice NUCCA procedures, Dr. Gertner is proud to bring this advanced pain relief method to patients in New York. Contact Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York for more information about our services. We strive to help every patient live a healthy, pain-free life.
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Dr. George Gertner is a family man, healer, philanthropist, author of “The Gift of Hope”, public speaker, and founder of one of the world’s busiest Upper Cervical Chiropractic clinics.
After receiving his bachelors degree in biology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY Dr. Gertner moved to Atlanta, GA to attend Life University. Before graduation, Dr. Gertner had a severe injury to his lower back. Traditional chiropractic procedures were not providing relief until he met a chiropractor that specialized in NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.)
Then he spent the next two years mentoring from one of the best Upper Cervical doctors; learning in the same office that helped change his life. After two years, Dr. Gertner returned home to New York to open his own office. He currently is one of less than 300 NUCCA chiropractors worldwide.
Dr. Gertner has been featured numerous times in Chiropractic Monthly Magazine for his expertise in treating Trigeminal Neuralgia and Myofascial Pain. Dr.Gertner has lectured locally and nationwide discussing various symptoms using the Upper Cervical technique.