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Resolution of Otitis Media, Improvement in Hearing & Avoidance of Myringotomy Tubes Following Chiropractic Care in a Child

Boy With Hand to EarBy Dr. Barone

A case report discusses the results of chiropractic care on a 9 ½ year-old patient with the diagnosis chronic ear infections and vertebral subluxation, as published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health.* 

A 9 ½ year-old girl presented to a chiropractic clinic with her mother for consultation and possible care for chronic ear infections, neck pain and headaches.  According to her mother, the patient was medically diagnosed with chronic otitis media and recently scheduled for a tympanostomy tube.

Otitis media (OM) is broadly defined as inflammation of the middle ear without reference to cause.  OM is currently the most common reason for children under the age of 15 to visit a medical physician.  Medical treatment for OM demands nearly half of all pediatric prescriptions and is the reason for $2.5 - 5.3 billion in annual expenditures.

This patient was cared for with chiropractic adjustments in the cervical and lumbar area, 3 times a week for 3 weeks.

Over the course of care, the patient no longer experienced episodes of headache and neck pain with her otolaryngologist reporting a 95% improvement in the previously diagnosed hearing loss.  Accordingly, the myringotomy tube procedure was canceled.

Numerous studies have identified positive outcomes in otitis media with chiropractic care based on the detection and removal of spinal subluxations.  This case report provides supporting evidence in this paradigm of care.  

 

*O’Connor K, Schneider G, Alcantara J: Resolution of Otitis Media, Improvement in Hearing & Avoidance of Myringotomy Tubes Following Chiropractic Care in a Child: A Case Report & Selective Review of the Literature. J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - July 17, 2014.