Studies: Chronic Ear and Sinus Infections
note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses
to care are intended for educational purposes
only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit.
Individual results may vary, depending upon several
factors including age of the patient, severity
of the condition, severity of the spinal injury,
and duration of time the condition has been present.
twins, 14 months, Chronic Ear Infections
twin infants suffered from chronic ear infections
starting at 6 months. Both twins had undergone
numerous courses of antibiotics. At twelve months,
one of the twins came down with an ear infection
that would not go away, even after 4 courses of
antibiotics and several shots. The second infant
also had an infection, but it was not quite as
their initial evaluations, it was discovered that
both infants had upper neck injuries, perhaps
stemming from birth (one was born breech). After
the initial upper cervical corrections were performed
on the infants, both recovered from their ear
infections without any additional medical treatment.
In addition, no further infections occurred.
Age 13, Chronic Cough, Allergies, Ear Infections,
13-year-old female was chronically sick since
birth. Her mother described her as getting a sinus/upper
respiratory infection 5-6 times per year, each
time also having an ear infection. By age 5, she
had her tonsils and adenoids removed and had also
had several sets of tubes for ear infections.
By age 12, she began suffering from a chronic
cough, daily headaches, and pain at the base of
her skull/upper neck region.
her initial evaluation, it was discovered that
she had sustained an injury to her upper neck.
Her mother described several possible traumas
including using suction at her birth, a skate
boarding accident, and a concussion after falling
off the monkey bars. During the first week of
care, her cough, headaches, and neck pain were
markedly reduced. She also described having a
lot of drainage out of her nose. Within a month,
her nasal congestion, cough, headaches, and pain
were all absent. Six months later, she had no
experienced any infections during that time.
Age 2, Chronic Sinus / Ear Infections
2-year-old female suffered from chronic sinus
and ear infections for the previous year. Her
mother described her as having an ear infection
every other month, each time requiring 2-3 courses
of antibiotics. She also presented with a chronic,
green sinus discharge that never went away. Most
of the time, her nose was completely blocked.
her initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was
discovered. Her mother recalled that during her
daughter's birth, vacuum suction was used to extract
her and it fracture her collar bone. Her mother
surmised this must have also caused her child's
neck injury. After care was administered, her
nose drained until all of the green discharge
was absent and no additional sinus or ear infections
Age 6, Chronic Sinus / Ear Infections, Bedwetting,
Headaches, Growing Pains
6-year-old male was described by his mother as
"always sick." Due to chronic ear infections,
he had already undergone three sets of tubes,
the first at age 3. He was continuously medicated
with allergy medications, sinus medications, and
antibiotics for infections and had surgery to
remove his adenoids. His mother described him
as requiring antibiotics almost every month during
the winter. She reported that his lymph nodes
throughout his body were always swollen. In addition
to his chronic infections, he also suffered from
neck pain, headaches, and "growing pains"
in his knees and ankles. He also wet his bed every
his initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was
discovered. When questioned, his mother recalled
two falls her son had suffered that preceded all
of his health problems and could have caused his
neck injury. At ten months, he fell down the stairs
and at twelve months, he fell headfirst on hard
tile. Within the first weeks of care, the boy
did not report any headaches, growing pains, or
neck pain and his nose, ears, and sinuses began
clearing up. Several weeks later, his mother was
amazed that he was not suffering from any infections
and was not requiring any medications. Months
later, he still had not had any infections and
the bedwetting cleared up. All symptoms remained
Age 40, Chronic Allergies, Sinus Problems
40-year-old male had suffered with allergies since
age 2. He had seen allergists his entire life
and took daily medications including claritin
and nasonex. It had been determined that he was
allergic to many foods (wheat, yeast, dairy, nuts)
and while he eliminated these foods from his diet,
the allergies continued. He described how his
nose was congested on a daily basis, and that
he frequently suffered from sinus headaches, infections,
and pressure. While he was not aware of a neck
injury, he decided to be evaluated upon recommendation
by a friend.
his initial chiropractic evaluation, an upper
cervical injury was found. Upon correction of
his neck, his nose and sinuses began draining.
By the end of the first month of care, all draining
had ceased and his nose and sinuses were clear,
so he was able to substantially reduce his medications.
10 Month Old Baby, Pain, Infections, Sleeping
10-month-old baby was sick since birth-- a difficult
birth requiring forceps. Since his birth, his
mother reported that he did not sleep longer than
45 minutes in a row. He frequently cried-- with
a high-pitched scream. He also suffered 5 ear
and sinus infections since birth, 2 accompanied
by skin rashes, and took five prescriptions of
antibiotics. His parents also noticed that he
did not like to be left on his stomach, and he
appeared to be in pain if he tried to lift his
head up. They also noticed that he held his head
tilted off to the left.
his upper cervical exam at 10 months, a neck injury
was found, most likely stemming from the birth
process. At the time of the exam, he also had
a sinus infection.
the first adjustment, his mother reported that
his mood was much improved. He seemed happier,
smiled more, and began to sleep through the night.
She also reported that his sinus congestion decreased
and that he began to get up on all fours to start
crawling. Both parents noticed that his head tilt
appeared to be less. One week later, his mother
said his sinuses and ears were completely clear
and that all signs of infection were gone. She
reported continued progress in his mood and sleeping
habits. Two weeks later, he was still doing fine.
No further adjustments were necessary after the
Age 2, Ear Infections, Hearing Loss
27-month-old was not speaking as he should at
his age so his mother took him in for an exam
with an ENT specialist. Upon exam, the ENT found
that his ears were full of fluid, and that the
tympanic membrane was immobile. In addition, his
hearing test was below normal, suggesting that
the hearing difficulty was preventing normal speech.
During his examination, an upper cervical injury
was discovered. His mother could not recall any
falls or accidents that could have caused his
neck injury and presumed it must have happened
during his birth. The boy was adjusted one time
and the adjustment held in place immediately.
weeks after the adjustment, the boy was brought
back to the ENT by his mother to be re-tested.
Upon exam, the ENT found that the fluid had drained
from both ears and that the tympanic membrane
moved well. The hearing test had also returned
to normal. Because he could hear normally, he
worked with a speech therapist to bring his speech
up to normal.
Age 5, Asthma, Neck Pain, Headaches, Sinus Congestion
5-year-old female frequently complained of neck
pain and headaches. She also suffered with severe
asthma attacks for the past 3 years in which she
was frequently taken to the emergency room. In
addition, she explained that her nose was constantly
plugged and that she had difficulty smelling.
This child's neck injury most likely stemmed from
the birth process, as her birth was difficult
One week after her first upper cervical adjustment,
her mother reported that she began to sleep through
the night without wheezing or coughing. The 5-year-old
said she had not noticed any trouble with her
neck or headaches and she demonstrated that she
could now breathe through her nose. She was also
able to discontinue asthma medications.
Female, Age 16, Chronic Sinus Congestion, Sinus
16-year-old female suffered with chronic sinus
trouble since approximately third grade. She always
had a stuffy nose and clogged sinuses and had
frequent colds, causing her to feel sinus pressure
and headaches. One year ago she had surgery for
a deviated septum in an attempt to improve the
problem but it had little effect. She frequently
felt sinus headaches and vertigo during altitude,
pressure, or weather changes. During her initial
evaluation, an upper cervical injury was discovered.
After upper cervical care, her sinuses drained,
her nose cleared, she breathed freely through
her nose, and she no longer had headaches, pressure,
Age 50, Dizziness, Ear Congestion, Sinus Headaches
50-year-old male was involved in an auto accident
in 1986. One year later, he experienced a stiff
neck, fatigue, dizziness, ear congestion, and
ringing in his ears. The symptoms came and went
for the first three months. Finally they became
constant, and were aggravated during flying. He
tried many types of decongestants but the problems
persisted. Medical doctors had no answers for
him. During his chiropractic examination, an upper
neck injury was found that most likely stemmed
from his auto accident. During the first two months
of upper cervical care, the symptoms decreased
dramatically. Several months later, he was symptom
free, the first time in two years.
Female, Age 51, Dizziness, Labyrinthitis, Hearing
Loss, Ear Congestion
51-year-old female suffered from her first dizzy
spell in the early '80's while flying on a plane.
She had a cold at the time and her ears didn't
adjust to the altitude. Her ears filled with fluid
so she had them drained by puncturing her eardrum.
Unfortunately, the clogged ears returned and she
was plagued by dizzy spells and congestion and
was forced to take Drixoral on a daily basis to
keep the congestion down. She also suffered from
hearing loss as a result of the congestion. Prior
to the first dizzy spell, she was in an auto accident
in which she sustained enough injury to her neck
to require a month's hospitalization. She suffered
from chronic congestion and frequent dizzy spells
for ten years before seeking help from upper cervical
During her chiropractic examination, an upper
neck injury was discovered, which probably resulted
from her auto accident.
beginning upper cervical care, no further dizzy
spells occurred. Her ear congestion cleared so
she discontinued daily medication. She also reported
having better hearing and that her ears adjusted
properly to the altitude during flying.
the better part of a decade, I've been able to
stop taking a daily decongestant thanks to Dr.
Erin Elster. About 10 years ago I began having
dizzy spells, possibly the result of an earlier
car accident that landed me in the hospital for
a month with two fractured cervical vertebrae.
Doctors, however, diagnosed me as having labyrinthitis
and prescribed decongestants and anti-nausea medication.
The decongestants kept the dizziness at bay, but
each attempt to stop taking them resulted in catching
colds, including stuffy ears and returned dizziness.
I did not like the prospect of relying on a decongestant
for the rest of my life, and became very excited
when I heard the many successful results that
Dr. Elster's patients were reporting. However,
having had two fractured cervical vertebrae, I
was not going to let just anyone mess with my
neck. It is very reassuring for me that she measures
my progress with her scanner and computer system,
and gives me an adjustment only when I need it.
I stopped taking the decongestants immediately
after my first adjustment, and am elated that
the dizziness has not returned. In the past eight
months, I've taken a decongestant only two days
because I caught a small cold and didn't want
to fly with stuffy ears. It has been worth every
mile that I travel to see Dr. Elster, and I am
so thankful that she's been able to eliminate
the dizziness and get me off decongestants. "
Debbie, Age 51
Female, Age 8, Chronic Runny Nose, Ear Infections,
Headaches, Neck Pain
8-year-old was chronically affected with daily
headaches, daily neck pain, daily runny nose,
and frequent ear infections. Her allergy / sinus
symptoms had been present since birth. She also
suffered with colic as a baby. During her initial
exam, her neck and spine was extremely sore to
the touch. Her mother described her behavior since
birth as "irritable."
the first adjustment, her headaches and neck pain
were absent. After the second adjustment, the
sinus and ear infections also disappeared. She
did not require any adjustments since and had
no return of symptoms. Her mother reported her
being "the healthiest she has ever been."
Male, age 9, Chronic Ear Infections, Headaches,
9-year-old male suffered with health problems
since he was born (he had a difficult forceps
birth.) He had 3 sets of tubes in his ears and
a tonsillectomy by age 5. At age 9, his ears were
again filled with fluid and his hearing was greatly
diminished. In addition, he suffered with daily
headaches and nightly muscle aches. During his
chiropractic examination, an upper cervical injury
upper cervical care, the fluid drained from his
ears and his hearing was restored. Also, the muscle
and headaches disappeared. Years later, his problems
had not returned.
son, Max, was plagued by ear infections almost
from the time he came home from the hospital (after
a forceps birth.) After many rounds of antibiotics,
he eventually had 3 sets of tubes, a tonsillectomy
and an adenoidectomy by the time he was 5 years
old. This past fall, at age 9, he had 2 very poor
hearing test scores at school. His ears were full
of fluid, there was absolutely no movement of
the eardrum and his hearing was bordering on the
point where he would require a hearing aide. The
ear doctor told me that Max would need another
set of tubes and the audiologist was pushing me
to do something quickly because the hearing loss
was so severe. This was all very upsetting to
me because I did not want to do another set of
tubes-- I felt intuitively that they could cause
hearing damage and the operation was too invasive.
friend recommended that I see Dr. Erin Elster.
Dr. Elster saw Max for a few months in the fall.
Then we went back to the ear doctor who had still
been recommending that we do the ear tubes immediately.
The doctor let me look in the ear scope with him
and I saw instantly that Max's eardrums were clear
and pink with perfect movement. The doctor could
almost not believe it and he said we would have
to wait and see how the hearing test came out.
The audiologist tested his hearing on the spot
and burst out of the room with a huge smile on
her face and said that his hearing was great.
The change was miraculous-- I never expected such
an incredible turnaround and amazing results.
I have to say it feels like a miracle to me--
thank you God and thank you Dr. Elster." Nancy,
about her son, Max, age 9, January '98