Bell’s palsy is a condition caused by facial paralysis secondary to a viral infection. One side of the face droops because the facial nerves are damaged. Bell’s palsy typically happens suddenly and should be examined by a doctor immediately. Sometimes people recover completely from Bell’s palsy within a few months; however, some people have permanent damage.
The therapists at The Center for Restorative Therapies at Mercy can help patients with Bell’s palsy.
Speech therapy can be an effective treatment option for Bell’s palsy. Speech therapy uses oral motor exercises to facilitate muscle function and improve facial symmetry.