Trigeminal neuralgia is an intensely painful condition that occurs when the trigeminal nerve (fifth cranial nerve) becomes irritated or impinged. In most cases, the cause of this irritation is abnormal contact between the trigeminal nerve and a nearby artery or vein. The continuous rubbing that results from this contact progressively wears away the nerve’s protective myelin sheath. Men and women burdened with multiple sclerosis or a brain tumor can also experience the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia. Fortunately, South Florida Radiation Oncology offers advanced treatments that can relieve the symptoms and help patients restore their quality of life.
The symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia can occur multiple times per day and are often debilitating. The most common symptoms of the condition include:
- Intense, electric shock-like pain that can affect the lower face, jaw, and areas around the nose and eyes on one side of the face.
- Pain triggered by simple activities, such as washing the face, shaving, and tooth brushing.
- Pain spasms in the face that can last for a few seconds, minutes, or can even be continuous.
For many patients suffering from the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, the CyberKnife radiosurgical system available here at SFRO can provide relief from pain without the need for scalpels or sutures. The CyberKnife system can target the irritated trigeminal nerve with amazing accuracy, effectively dulling the pain without damaging the surrounding tissue. Due to its precision, this treatment can also deliver great results while minimizing possible side effects.
At South Florida Radiation Oncology, our multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals offers leading-edge medical technology for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, cancer, and much more. If you would like to learn more about the CyberKnife treatment or any other technologies offered at SFRO, subscribe to our informational blog or visit our website. You can also speak with our staff by calling (888) 823-9162 to have your health-related questions answered.