Suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia Following a Car Accident
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a condition that results in extreme pain in the face due to nerve damage. This damage can cause a chronic condition whereby pain may be triggered by the simplest thing such as smiling, eating, or moving the face muscles in other natural ways. How is this condition related to motor vehicle accidents?
Trigeminal Neuralgia: Common After Head or Neck Injuries
Car accidents often result in a head or neck trauma such as a concussion or whiplash. Trigeminal neuralgia is known to occur after this type of injury is sustained. The nerve is found beneath the check and can be easily damaged if a person’s face hits the steering wheel or even if a neck misalignment creates a shift that places pressure on the nerve.
Diagnosing and Treating TN
There is no primary test for trigeminal neuralgia. As a result, a physician will have to go by things such as pain location, intensity, and triggers. An MRI may also help to find damage. Getting a diagnosis is an important part of seeking compensation for injuries.
Treatment usually calls for the use of certain medications. However, in extreme cases, surgical procedures may involve the nerve being severed so that no more pain is felt. This will, however, result in some permanent numbness.
Seeking Compensation for Injuries After a Car Accident
Trigeminal neuralgia can be a scary and painful result of an accident with few good options for care. Pain may be ongoing and medical expenses can rack up during the diagnosis process and throughout treatment. The Petrov Law Firm can help you to get due compensation for the injuries incurred during an accident. Call 619-344-0360 without delay to start building your case.