Chronic Otitis Media, Failed Tympanostomy Tube Surgery & Resolution Following Adjustment of Vertebral Subluxation

A case study discusses the results of chiropractic care of a four-year old male presented for care with a history of failed tympanostomy tube (ear tube) surgery, as published in the Journal of Maternal and Family Health. 

A 4-year old male presented to a chiropractic office with a history of failed tympanostomy surgery.  The child was scheduled for repeat tympanostomy surgery. Vertebral subluxations were found and adjusted in the cervical and thoracic spine.

It is estimated that 40% of children suffer from otitis media (ear infection) before the age of 5. Direct and indirect costs of otitis media totaled 3 billion dollars in the year it was studied.

The patient’s subluxations were adjusted using the Activator hand held adjusting instrument. On the third visit, the patient’s mother opted out of her son’s scheduled surgery.  The patient attended care with the recommended frequency at 2-3 times for the first two weeks, followed by once a week for eight weeks, for a duration of 12 weeks.

The successful chiropractic care of a child with chronic ear infections is described. This study provides supporting evidence that children with similar complaints may benefit from chiropractic care.