There are many reasons why your ear may be aching. Perhaps it’s the result of TMJ disorder, chronic ear infection, allergies, or even a vitamin deficiency. No matter what the reason, your doctor of chiropractic can diagnose your symptoms and treat them effectively.
The temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge between your jaw and your skull. Grinding or jaw clenching can lead to a disorder known as TMJD which causes the following symptoms:
- Pain in the jaw
- A loud clicking noise in the jaw
- An ear ache
- Facial pain
- Joint locking, making opening and closing the mouth difficult
Your chiropractor is an expert on the joints in your body and can perform adjustments that will relieve the pain associated with TMJD.
Middle Ear Infections
Middle ear infections are caused by a buildup of fluid in the middle ear. Bacteria and viruses then take advantage of this warm, moist area to grow into an ear infection. The symptoms of an ear infection include:
- An ear ache
- Muffled hearing
- Drainage from the ear
- A feeling of fullness in the ear
Studies have shown that upper cervical adjustments may be beneficial for patients of all ages who suffer from ear infections. By aligning the bones in the neck, the body is able to drain fluids that can lead to infection.
Allergies and Vitamin Deficiency
Your chiropractic team can work with you on uncovering whether or not your diet is the cause of your ear pain. Some common vitamins you may be deficient in are:
- Vitamin A
- Omega 3 and 6 Fatty acids
If your ear is hurting, your chiropractic team can help. They’ll work with you on tracking down the source of your pain and then work with you on a treatment plan that will keep the pain from returning.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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