Archive for January, 2010

UCI Anesthesia – A Look at Head and Facial Pain

January 15, 2010

Head and facial pain can be debilitating and life altering. The causes for head and facial pain are large and varied. Each requires expert consultation and a multidisciplinary treatment plan. Experts at the UCI Department of Anesthesiology Pain Management Center are trained to provide all of the necessary tools to manage your head pain.

There are many common causes of head and facial pain including headaches, eye, ear, nose and throat pain. Chronic headaches are classified in a wide variety of ways, which include migraine, tension, cluster, and chronic daily headache just to name a few. The causes run from the mundane to the exotic, as do their treatments.

After being treated by an ophthalmologist for eye pain and an otolaryngologist for earn, nose and throat pain, patients can benefit by complementing their treatment with seeing a pain specialist.

There are also joint and never pain including Trigeminal Neuralgia, a painful condition due to irritation of one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve, and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder which produces painful acute or chronic inflammation of the joint that attaches the mandible (jaw) to the skull.

Specialist at the UCI Department of Anesthesiology Pain Management Center can work with patients and their doctors to develop a treatment plan to help control head and facial pain.

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