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Chiropractic Management of a Patient with Bell's Palsy

49 year old Caucasian female, medical diagnosis of Bell's Palsy with right facial paralysis with the inability to close her right eye, extreme bilateral ear sensitivity to sound, pain in the right TMJ and neck pain. In addition patient could not raise her right eyebrow, close her eye, show her upper teeth, smile, frown or puff her cheeks. Symptoms began ten days after a series of dental treatments for crowns on her right molars.

Adjustment:   From 10-18-95 to 4-19-96 patient was seen 37 times. The left TMJ was ad-justed as well as thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. The patient experienced symptomatic relief in the cervical and facial regions after one week of care; within four months her right facial pain abated, she could close her right eye lightly, smile, move her eyebrows and puff her cheeks.

Alacantara J, Plaugher G, Van Wyngarden DL.   International Journal of Chiropractic   Vol. 9, No. 2 1997.