Our research has exciting clinical implications for patients with facial nerve paralysis following injury to the facial nerve. Our results show that a single 30 min session of electrical stimulation applied immediately following a facial nerve injury is sufficient to significantly improve the recovery time from facial nerve paralysis. Since no nonsurgical therapy exists to date that can reduce the recovery time after facial nerve injury, electrical stimulation applied directly to the nerve may potentially be the first treatment candidate to significantly improve recovery in a noninvasive manner.
Volume 49 Number 3, 2012
Pages 451 — 458
Last Reviewed or Updated Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:45 AM