The June 17, 2009 issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health — Chiropractic reports on a case study involving an 8 year old girl with a 3 year history of debilitating ear infections and headaches who improved so much in a short period, a third scheduled ear surgery was able to be cancelled.
When the girl’s mother brought her to the chiropractor, she had experienced severe, debilitating ear infections, constant headaches and sinus pressure for three years. Numerous visits to emergency rooms and her pediatrician resulted in several rounds of antibiotics, two bilateral ear surgeries and sinus surgery, all without result.
Chiropractic examination revealed significant muscle tension in her upper neck to the point the chiropractor was unable to bend her head to the left. She also had restricted motion when bending her head backward. X-rays showed that she experienced a complete reversal of the normal, forward neck curve to the extent that it was actually reversed.
After one month of chiropractic care, the headaches, sinus and ear pain were completely gone. At this point, the third scheduled ear surgery was cancelled. After 29 visits over a three-month period, she was remained symptom free and had recovered the normal neck curve. Follow-up examination after one year found that she was doing well with no recurrences.
The author comes to two conclusions. First, that the economic benefits of chiropractic care should be carefully examined. In the United States alone, more than $3.5 billion a year is spent to medically treat ear infections. In this case, the cost of two major surgeries, numerous visits to emergency rooms and pediatricians, and several rounds of antibiotics, all to no avail, should be compared to the cost of three months of conservative chiropractic care that actually accomplished a restoration of function and health.
Second, the health issues involved with repeatedly prescribing antibiotics should be reevaluated. Previous research has shown that the risk of a child getting asthma by the age of seven is nearly doubled in those taking antibiotics than in those who took no antibiotics from birth to one year of age. Asthma related issues are the most common reason children between the age of 5 and 17 miss school.
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