Ear Pain

Ear Pain.

Ear pain can be excruciating. Whether the pain is in just one ear or in both ears, an earache can impact the body in unexpected ways. Ear pain can vary from dull to sharp to burning, and it can be accompanied by fever, loss of balance, lack of appetite, headaches and sleep disturbances.

There are several causes of ear pain, and ear infections are the most common. Ear infections are more prevalent in children, with an estimated 5 out of 6 children suffering from an ear infection before the age of 3. Of course, adults can experience ear pain as well. While ear infections are a commonplace health complaint, chiropractic care is a safe treatment option shown to help alleviate and reduce the reoccurrence of ear pain and infection caused by other ailments in the body—for children and adults alike. Many parents turn to chiropractors when their children have recurring earaches because they worry (for good reason, as documented in the scientific literature) that antibiotics are overprescribed, and they are looking for a drugless alternative.

Common Causes of Ear Pain

When it comes to ear infections, there are several different types. They can occur in the outer ear (a condition referred to as “swimmer's ear”), the middle ear or the inner ear. Children most commonly suffer from otitis media, an infection of the middle ear which may be acute or chronic. Problems in the middle ear account for 30 million visits to the doctor every year, representing about one third of all pediatric complaints and running up a cost of over $4 billion every year for diagnosis and treatment. By the age of three, over two-thirds of all children have experienced one or more episodes of acute otitis media, with a third having had three or more episodes.

Otitis Media.

While ear pain usually results from an infection, it could also be due to an injury, inflammation or irritated nerves in the ear. There are also a variety of medical conditions that can cause ear pain but that aren't necessarily rooted in the ear. Some of the more common causes of ear pain besides infection include:

  • earwax buildup
  • a sore throat
  • an issue in the jaw joint
  • pressure change
  • sinus infection
  • a ruptured eardrum
  • an infected or impacted tooth
  • eczema in the ear canal
  • a foreign object in the ear
  • chronic facial nerve pain
  • tonsillitis
  • severe allergies

Why Seek Chiropractic Care for Ear Pain?

Eustachian tube - adult vs child.

Chiropractors use spinal adjustments and other techniques to help alleviate ear pain without invasive procedures. Research has found chiropractic care to effectively help reduce ear pain associated with infections—the most common cause of ear pain and other physical conditions. It is especially helpful for middle ear infections that are so common in children. A study involving 46 children under the age of five found that regular chiropractic adjustments were able to treat the symptoms of an ear infection in 93% of all cases. 75% saw improvements in 10 visits or less, while 43% found relief after only one or two visits. Another study on treating ear pain caused by both infection and referred pain from other areas in the body found chiropractic care helped alleviate symptoms.

Adjustments appear to work by mobilizing drainage in the ear—allowing the ear to drain without buildup. This is especially effective in treating chronic ear infections. For those who have ear pain associated with an infection or ailment in another part of the body, chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment option.

Many parents turn to chiropractors when their children have recurring earaches out of concern that antibiotics are being overprescribed by pediatricians. A 2016 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that at least 30 percent of the time, prescribed antibiotics are not necessary or even helpful. Other studies have shown that over half of the time ear pain is the result of a virus, and antibiotics do not treat viruses. Overprescription of antibiotics has led to drug resistance, which paves the way for disease-causing, treatment-resistant bacteria to flourish. Chiropractic care does not rely on medication, so a visit to your chiropractor is a good first stop when looking for a natural, drugless alternative.

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I've been coming to see Dr. Bob since 1984 for my back pain. After each visit, the vast improvement lasts about one whole month. Even after all these years, Dr. Bob continues to provide outstanding care for me, my children, and my grandchildren. I've referred several people to HealthWise Chiropractic, so they too can see the results I have. My favorite part of my visits is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and doctors and, of course, the results I get that improve my daily living."
    Danny S.
  • "About ten years ago I was at the gym, I bent over and couldn't get up, the pain was horrible. I contacted Healthwise and Dr. Mike gave me an emergency appointment that evening. He did a complete physical and x-ray before he started any treatment. After my first treatment I was able to stand up and walk with minimal pain. With a few visits I was back to normal. I continued treatments as needed for the next several years.
    I see Dr. Bob regularly to stay fit and pain-free. He tests my strength and weakness to determine the best treatment. Our open discussion led him to help my acid reflux. I now exercise and walk as is essential for a septuagenarian.
    I told Dr. Bob that I was starting to get knee pain that I thought was arthritis; I didn't think chiropractic care could help. He told me about new equipment to help. I look forward to improvement.
    I was a skeptic of chiropractic care, now I would recommend HealthWise to anyone with chronic/simple pain. It worked for me. It can work for you!"
    Sherry B.
  • "I was very miserable with constant pain in my leg while knowing it had something to do with my back. My friend surprised me with an appointment with Dr. Bob. After being treated by Dr. Bob I knew right away it was exactly what I needed. I learned a lot through my conversations with the doctor. I am really thankful to Dr. Bob and his staff."
    Ed L.
  • "I had a very limited understanding of chiropractic care until I tried it for the first time 12 years ago. I came in with severe pain in my neck, which prohibited me from moving my head. I was greeted by a kind staff, had an exam and x-rays done on my first appointment followed by an adjustment. I felt so much better after my first adjustment and by following the treatment plan my headaches and migraines improved. My overall health has improved because of chiropractic care. Dr. Bob helps make sure that I am taking the right supplements to optimize my health and fitness performance. They have helped me with allergies, knee and shoulder pain, and earaches. I had no idea when I began my chiropractic journey just how much help the doctors and staff at HealthWise would be at improving my quality of life."
    Britt H.
  • "I have been a patient at HealthWise Chiropractic for over 20 years. In the past and currently I am seeing Dr. Bob, however, I have seen all docs at Healthwise. My general issues are usually seasonally related to sinus and allergies. Recently I have been receiving treatment for my hip and lower back. Dr. Bob zeros in on trigger points and quickly relieves my pain. He is a wealth of knowledge and offers help and suggestion on my health issues. The staff is friendly and helpful. I leave feeling better and I believe helps to keep my body aligned and energized. I have also come in after falls, injuries and surgeries. I truly believe my adjustments at the time added to a quicker recovery."
    Liz B.
  • "I have been a patient of Dr. Bob for two and half months. . I see him for an adjustment every two weeks. I started seeing a chiropractor for the first time in January 2021 while working in Florida for my continued lower back pain and chronic bilateral hip bursitis. Because my pain was mostly relieved with continued adjustments, I decided to continue with treatment when returning to Wisconsin. I have been very happy with my continued pain relief/adjustments at HealthWise. I highly recommend anyone with chronic back and neck pain to try chiropractic adjustments here at HealthWise. It will make your life better."
    Marianne V.
  • "Really enjoyed the different things that they can do for you and your pain management. Would highly recommend."
    Rhiannon P.
  • "I enjoy coming, getting readjusted and any additional therapies. It has made my life healthier and less stressful. If I have questions, they are answered at that visit. The staff is very professional, personable and friendly. I always look forward to my next visit with them. I am glad to be part of Healthwise Chiropractic family:)"
    Marcella L.
  • "DR MIKE IS A GREAT CHIROPRACTOR. HE TAKES THE TIME TO GIVE YOU A COMPLETE ADJUSTMENT IS TIME. HE IS ALSO A GOOD CONVERSATIONALIST. THANKS"
    RICHARD R.
  • "Dr. Mike is fantastic! He is very personable….will take time to really to your needs… I enjoy my visits…the maintenance has helped tremendously…..and he is there when the emergency pops up! Excellent Chiropractor!"
    Ann W.


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