Objective: To describe the resolution of auriculotemporal neuralgia utilizing chiropractic interventions and instrument-assisted soft-tissue manipulation.
Clinical Features: A 65-year-old male sought chiropractic care for right-sided neck pain radiating into his external ear and parietal region, accompanied by frequent headache. The patient described this as a chronic tenderness that became worse over the past week.
Intervention and Outcome: Chiropractic management included spinal manipulation, pin and stretch, instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization, and a home-exercise program.
Conclusion: Our case identifies a peripheral nerve entrapment of the auriculotemporal nerve that led to auriculotemporal neuralgia. The combination of multimodal chiropractic intervention for the treatment of this condition should be studied in more detail.
Author keywords: Auriculotemporal Nerve; Neuralgia; Chiropractic; Soft Tissue
Author affiliations: HO, CO: Bigfork Valley Hospital, Bigfork, Minnesota, United States; KS: Private practice, Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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