Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, of the Facial Paralysis Institute is known around the world for his facial paralysis expertise and offers information about diagnosing synkinesis, as well as treating the condition. Diagnosing synkinesis involves a careful and thorough examination by a facial paralysis expert like Dr. Babak Azizzadeh. Although the severity of synkinesis varies from one patient to the next, there are commonalities among synkinesis patients.
Jump to navigation. Bell's palsy is an acute disorder of the facial nerve, which produces full or partial loss of movement on one side of the face. The facial palsy gets completely better without treatment in most, but not all, people. Physical therapies, such as exercise, biofeedback, laser treatment, electrotherapy , massage and thermotherapy, are used to hasten recovery, improve facial function and minimise sequelae. For this updated review we found a total of 12 studies with participants, most with high risk of bias. Four trials studied the efficacy of electrical stimulation participants , three trials studied exercises participants , and five studies combined some form of physical therapy and compared with acupuncture participants. There is evidence from a single study of moderate quality that exercises are beneficial to people with chronic facial palsy when compared with controls and from another low quality study that it is possible that facial exercises could help to reduce synkinesis a complication of Bell's palsy , and the time to recover.
Skip to search form Skip to main content. Management of synkinesis. Synkinesis refers to the abnormal involuntary facial movement that occurs with voluntary movement of a different facial muscle group.
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