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Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia, sometimes referred to as TN, is caused by a misfiring of the Trigeminal nerve. This condition causes brief, but extreme and sometimes incapacitating episodes of shooting pain. If you’re suffering from severe, chronic pain of this category due to TN and seeking relief, know that there is help available for you.

The head pain specialists at The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists can offer the headache treatment you need to take your life back from the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia. Using the latest technology and techniques in the field, our spine specialists provide patient-focused care that aims to help you find long-term, effective pain relief in the least invasive manner possible.

The Physicians are passionate about providing the least invasive, most technologically-advanced care available. If you’re looking to receive treatment from the best, most long-standing pain specialist near you in Georgia, schedule your appointment with The Physicians today.


Face and Head Pain Treatment in Stockbridge, GA

Treatment & Diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a condition that occurs due to a misfiring of the trigeminal nerve. This nerve is composed of a root with three branches that extend into your face, where they sense touch and control the muscles you use to chew. TN usually occurs due to this nerve being compressed, often by an artery or vein. 

TN is characterized by sharp, extreme episodes of pain on one side of the head and face which can sometimes be completely debilitating for the duration of the episode. Other symptoms may include a sensitivity to sound. These episodes are usually triggered by:

  • Contact with the face
  • Brushing teeth
  • Applying makeup
  • Eating
  • Talking
  • Shaving
  • Exposure to wind

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic condition, meaning that episodes will continue to occur until treatment is administered. Treatment options for TN typically include:

Medication, particularly anticonvulsant medications such as carbamazepine, Phenytoin or Gabapentin
Surgery, usually performed to relocate a blood vessel and decompress the affected nerve
Stereotactic radiosurgery, also known as the Gamma Knife treatment, which is an advanced, minimally-invasive option that damages the trigeminal nerve to stop its transmission of misfired pain signals using controlled radiation.

The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are passionate about providing the least invasive treatment possible for TN and other conditions that cause chronic head pain. When you come in for your appointment with us, we’ll perform a thorough evaluation and discuss the best treatment options for you moving forward.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a TN episode typically last?

For most patients, an episode of trigeminal neuralgia can last between a few seconds and several minutes. Because TN is a chronic condition, these episodes will continue to occur until the condition has been treated.

Is the Gamma Knife procedure safe?

Yes! Gamma Knife uses minimal radiation, and in fact, the procedure requires little or no anesthesia, and you’ll likely be able to leave the facility following your treatment. If you’d like to learn more about Gamma Knife or discuss your candidacy for this procedure, reach out to The Physicians for your first consultation.

Do you accept insurance for TN treatment?

Yes! The Physicians believe that cutting-edge care for chronic pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area. Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best pain management doctor near me?

If you’re ready to find relief from symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are here to consult with you, answer your questions, and get you started on the road to pain relief. Schedule your appointment today using our easy online tool.