Ear Infections

An ear infection (acute otitis media) is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear, the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections.

Due to the overuse of antibiotics for this condition, however, the rate of antibiotic-resistant infections has increased in recent years. As a result, recommendations released recently by the American Academy of Pediatrics discourage the use of antibiotic medications for most ear infections in children.

Symptoms of Ear Infection (Children)

  • Ear Pain, Especially When Lying Down
  •  Tugging Or Pulling At An Ear
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Crying More Than Ususal
  • Acting More Irritable Than Usual
  • Difficulty Hearing Or Responding To Sound
  • Loss Of Balance
  • Fever of 100⁰F (38⁰C) or higher
  • Draining Of Fluid From The Ear
  • Headache
  • Loss Of Appetite

Symptoms of Ear Infection (Adults)

  • Ear Pain
  • Difficulty Hearing Or Responding To Sound
  • Draining Of Fluid From The Ear
  • Diminished Hearing

Causes Of Ear Infections

  • An ear infection is caused by a bacterium or virus in the middle ear. This infection often results from another illness — cold, flu or allergy — that causes congestion and swelling of the nasal passages, throat and eustachian tubes.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

It has often been suggested that, in addition to the musculoskeletal disorders most often associated with chiropractic treatment, spinal manipulative therapy can also have positive effects on disorders involving visceral organs, such as otitis media. The general medical explanation has been that spinal adjustments directly affect the positioning and function of the Eustachian tube, blockage of which has been shown to be a major cause of recurring ear infections. Cervical spinal manipulation also positively affects drainage of the lymphatic system, helping to shorten the duration of ear infections.