Hearing Loss, Otalgia and Neck Pain:
A Case Report on Long-Term Chiropractic Care That
Helped to Improve Quality of Life
SOURCE: Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2002 (Dec); 32 (4): 119-130
Robert Cowin and Peter Bryner
Robert Cowin, DC,
Private practice of chiropractic,
Wollongong, New South Wales
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Objective: To describe symptom reports, multiple chiropractic assessments and adjustments over 7 years with a patient experiencing neck pain and complex ear symptoms consistent with Meniere’s syndrome.
Clinical Features: A 43-year-old female, injured years earlier in a motor vehicle collision, suffered recurrent exacerbations of otherwise continuous neck pain. Later she developed aural symptoms of severe otalgia, hearing difficulty, tinnitus and dizziness that increased and decreased in severity with her neck pain.
Intervention and Outcome: The intervention was repeated application of chiropractic adjustments using a modified Pettibon adjusting device. Over 7 years of observation, the subject consistently reported reduction in symptom severity after adjustments, with relief lasting up to 2 months. Consistent with the natural history of Meniere’s syndrome, an overall deterioration was noted during the observation period. Hearing fluctuated in approximate synchrony with changes in angular displacements of upper cervical vertebrae during the treatment period.
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