Jefferson University Hospitals

Facial Nerve Center

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When it comes to treating facial nerve disorders, the team at Jefferson’s Facial Nerve Center— the first and only one of its kind in the region — provides the expert care to get you on the path towards healing. Facial nerve paralysis and disorders are neurological conditions that can result in the loss of facial movement, impacting a person’s ability to effectively eat, drink and speak with ease.

Facial nerve disorders can cause pain, ocular tearing and twitching muscle weakness and involuntary movement patterns, called synkinesis. Facial paralysis can come on suddenly or gradually, depending on its root cause. One of the most common causes of facial nerve paralysis is Bell’s palsy, but other causes can include:

  • Trauma
  • Lyme disease
  • Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (caused by the chicken pox virus)
  • Benign or malignant tumors

Specialized Approach to Care

The multidisciplinary team at Jefferson’s Facial Nerve Center is highly trained and experienced in treating a variety of facial nerve disorders. With the combination of medical, rehabilitative, and surgical interventions available patients are pleased with the thorough and specialized care they receive at the Center.  We believe the key to optimizing positive patient outcomes must involve a multispecialty approach. This includes a pre-operative and post-operative involvement of a therapy component to care and recovery.

Our Facial Nerve Specialist provides a wealth of services for those with facial nerve disorders, including:·       

  • Facial nerve rehabilitation evaluation and treatment
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Neuromuscular retraining
  • Treatment for synkinesis
  • Individualized home programs, including exercise programs

For appointments or for more information about Jefferson's Facial Nerve Center, please call 215-955-6760

Center Leadership


Stacey Baer, OTR/L

Facial Nerve Rehab Specialist