Objective: To describe the chiropractic care of an infant with chronic otitis media, failed antibiotic therapy and scheduled for tympanostomy tube surgery.
Clinical Features: A 3-year-old female presented for care with a history of chronic ear infections. The infant child was scheduled for tympanostomy ventilation tube surgery. Previous medical strategies were described by the patient’s mother as over-the-counter medication for palliative care and antibiotic therapy.
Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for with Diversified Technique characterized as high velocity, low amplitude thrust type spinal adjusting appropriate for the patient’s age and size. Following 2 weeks of care (i.e., 4 visits), the child’s medical doctor determined that her infection had cleared and the surgical procedure was cancelled. The patient’s mother elected to have her child attend chiropractic care on a wellness basis thereafter.
Conclusion: This case report provides an educational vehicle and evidence on the successful chiropractic care of a child with recurrent OM and a history of failed medical intervention. We encourage continued documentation of similar cases in the scientific literature to inform practice and research.
Author keywords: Otitis media, ventilation tube, chiropractic, vertebral subluxation, pediatric, adjustment
Author affiliations: TSL: Private Practice of Chiropractic, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; JA: International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Media, Pennsylvania, United States
This abstract is reproduced with the permission of the publisher; full text is available by subscription.