Can a pinched nerve cause facial spasms?


Question: Can a pinched nerve cause facial spasms?

Answer: One of the most likely causes of facial spasms is in fact a pinched nerve. If you’re experiencing the spasms on a single side of your face particularly around the eye this is known as hemifacial spasm and is caused by blood vessels constricting the seventh cranial nerve in the skull. Treatments options are usually Botox injections to paralyze the muscles that are spasmodic or micro vascular surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve. Most people opt for the Botox as it’s cheaper and easier but results vary whereas the surgery can fully resolve the issue.

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