Facial Pain Specialist

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Facial Pain services offered in Newark and Milford, DE

Facial pain might be just a nuisance or a sign of a more serious medical problem. At Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain in Newark and Milford, Delaware, the experienced pain management specialists find the root cause of facial pain and treat it to restore your quality of life and reduce the chance of complications. Call the Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain office nearest you to learn more or use the online booking feature today.

Q & A

Why am I experiencing facial pain?

Facial pain is a feeling of discomfort in your face. It might develop because of a medical condition, injury, or unknown causes. Numerous factors increase your chances of developing facial pain, but knowing its cause determines which treatment is best for you.

What does facial pain feel like?

With facial pain, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Dull, aching pain
  • Sharp, stabbing, or shooting pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced jaw range of motion
  • Dental pain
  • Jaw, ear, or cheek discomfort
  • Burning pain
  • Heat or cold sensitivity
  • Pain on one side of your face
  • Pounding or throbbing discomfort
  • Tingling
  • Numbness

Along with facial pain, you might experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), depression, anxiety, or pain in other areas of your body.

What are the risk factors for facial pain?

Facial pain is common, and anyone can develop it. Risk factors include:

  • Stress 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression 
  • Teeth grinding
  • Jaw clenching
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
  • Being a woman in your 40s or 50s
  • Dental diseases
  • Headaches
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Mouth surgery
  • Chronic sinusitis 
  • Blood vessel disorders
  • Some cancers
  • Face fractures or other trauma
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that affects the trigeminal nerve in your head and causes electric shock-like pain on one side of your face. TMJ syndrome affects your jaw joint, making it stiff and painful.

How does my provider diagnose the cause of facial pain?

To find the root cause of facial pain and treat it, your Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain provider asks about your symptoms and medical history. 

They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and may order blood tests, a CT scan, an MRI, or another imaging procedure, as well as neurological or psychological tests as needed. 

How is facial pain treated?

Common treatments for facial pain include home remedies, medications, injections, and surgery. You might need dental treatments or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you better cope with ongoing discomfort. 

Your provider may suggest you wear a mouthguard at night when you sleep, ice your face to reduce swelling, try physical therapy, reduce stressors, or undergo a combination of facial pain treatments. They tailor each treatment plan based on the cause and severity of your condition.

To learn more about the cause of facial pain and to get relief from your pain, call Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain or use the online booking feature today.

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