Resolution of Chronic, Recurrent Otitis Media & Avoidance of Tympanostomy Surgery Following Chiropractic in a Three Year Old: A Case Report & Review of Literature

Tatyana S. Lachowich, DC & Joel Alcantara, DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ September 23, 2019 ~ Pages 109-112


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. 

To help as many families as possible experience life fully alive together, through optimal spinal health and wellness.