Complex treatment including local use of low temperature (cryotherapy, hypothermia) was used in 142 patients with trigeminal neuralgia. Cryotherapy was applied to trigger and reflexogenic zones of the involved nerve (-6-10 degrees C). In hypothermia the applicator was applied to the zone of the involved nerve (+2 +4 degrees C), four sessions. The result was positive in 75.41% of patients. Use of cryotherapy and hypothermia allowed to increased the treatment efficiency, reduce the pharmacological load on the body, reduce treatment time and increase the remission period.
Trigeminal neuralgia is inflammation of the trigeminal nerve, causing intense facial pain. It is also known as tic douloureax because the intense pain can cause patients to contort their face into a grimace and cause the head to move away from the pain. The obvious movement is known as a tic.
The pain of trigeminal neuralgia is intense and may be an isolated episode or may be occur every few hours, minutes, or seconds. There can be months or years between attacks, but in some patients whose pain is not well controlled; it can lead to a chronic pain syndrome, affecting activities of daily life and cause depression.
“The cure for pain is in the pain.” — Rumi
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The trigeminal nerve (cranial nerve) is so named because it has three (tri) branches responsible for face sensation; one branch also regulates chewing.
The maxillary branch sensation covers the lower eyelid, the side of the nose, the upper lip and cheek, and the upper teeth and gums.
The mandibular branch is responsible for sensation of the lower teeth and gums, lower lip, chin, jaw, and part of the ear. It is also responsible for supplying the muscles involved with chewing (mastication), those muscles involved with chewing.