Facial Palsy Rehabilitation with Wendy Walker | Learn To Spot a Common Stroke Mimic – Bell’s palsy

These are must do courses for anyone working in primary care, neurology or musculoskeletal settings.

Bell’s palsy usually presents with an isolated facial nerve palsy but if you are unfamiliar with the condition or with the cranial nerves it’s easy to mistake the symptoms for a stroke.

That being said, although rare, a lacunar infarct involving the lower pons can present with isolated facial nerve palsy-like symptoms which is why it’s important to know how to consider differentials when assessing someone with facial palsy.

In these courses you’ll cover all the basics (and more!) you need to know when assessing someone with Bell’s palsy. To take part today follow the links below.

The Tutor – Wendy Walker

Wendy is a neurological physiotherapist, specialising in Facial Palsy, Peripheral Nerve Injuries and Neurology and Complex Conditions.

Wendy Walker has 38 years of experience in treating neurological and complex conditions such as facial palsy, peripheral nerve injuries, stroke, head injury, vestibular disorders, chronic pain conditions, and incontinence. She has advanced Bobath and paediatric Bobath training as well as extensive training in incontinence and sEMG Biofeedback.

Wendy regularly lectures and presents courses on sEMGm, fascial palsy, neurological and vestibular rehabilitation to physiotherapists, GPs and surgeons. In 2017-2018 she was the team lead on creating 4 online Physioplus MOOC courses on Physical Activity and she is the Physiopedia topic expert on Facial Palsy.

The Courses

These two courses are definitely ones to add to your to-do list. Wendy has an awesome presentation style and ensures you maximise your learning opportunity. Plus there are more courses coming later!

Introduction to the Facial Nerve

The Facial Nerve (7th cranial nerve) is one of the most continuously used nerves in the body, providing motor innervation to the muscles of facial expression which are also involved in mastication, speech and the expression of our emotions as well as innervating the salivary glands and taste buds. The course and anatomical relations of the Facial Nerve expose it to various possible sites of injury, leading to facial palsy. Knowledge of the facial nerve, its course, function and vulnerabilities, is essential for the optimal management of any facial palsy.

Master the 7th Cranial Nerve

Facial Palsy Rehabilitation

Facial palsy occurs when the facial nerve is damaged, resulting in a range of deficits. Patients may have difficulty eating, drinking and their speech may be affected. In addition, they may be unable to close their affected eye and, thus, experience dry eye. Because they cannot move their lips, they may be unable to control expressions such as a smile. All of these deficits can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. While the treatment of facial palsy varies based on the stage of injury and the patient’s unique presentation, there are specific physiotherapy interventions that can enhance outcomes in individuals who have facial paresis.

Enhance Outcomes for Facial Palsy