Can Cervical Spine Problems Cause Ear Pain?
The cervical spine plays a very important role by protecting the brain stem and being the “leader” of the rest of the spine; this means if the upper cervical spine is out of place, the rest of the spine will follow its path and begin creating more misalignments in other areas of the spine.
The upper cervical spine consists of two bones that are located right beneath the base of the skull. If any of the top two bones are misaligned, they could affect the surrounding areas very quickly – including the ear area.
It is not unusual to have ear pain when the cervical spine is misaligned. In addition, many patients who have had ear pain, ear symptoms such as tinnitus, or had an ear infection, have seen great improvement in their condition after an upper cervical adjustment. This is thanks to the strong connection the upper cervical spine has with the ear region.
Is Ear Pain Serious?
Not all ear pain is serious as sometimes ear pain will start to go away on its own. However, as soon as ear pain goes away it is important to monitor it in case of a recurrence. Having ear pain returns every now and then could be a sign of something in the body going wrong and should not be ignored.
Remember, each symptom the body gives us is our body’s way of telling us something is not right. While some ear pain may go away on its own, ear pain that is reoccurring or does not improve over 24 to 48 hours should be looked at by a professional to see what could be triggering it.
What Symptoms May Occur with Ear Pain?
Ear pain itself is a sharp, sudden pain or a dull, continuous pain. There are other symptoms that could show up along with your ear pain. As mentioned above, it is best to consult a professional for ear pain if there is no improvement over 24 to 48 hours or if it becomes worse.
The following are some symptoms that may occur with ear pain:
- Stiff neck
- A feeling of fullness within the ear
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Muffled hearing
- Ear drainage
- High fever
- Sharp, stabbing pain with warm drainage
- Minor hearing loss
- Sticky or bloody discharge from the ear
- Increased pain when wiggling ear lobe
These symptoms range from minor to severe and there are various causes for your ear pain to have additional symptoms. If you have begun to have ear pain and/or other symptoms associated with it after a blow to the ear or head trauma, it is recommended you see a professional right away.
The upper cervical spine is a delicate area and can cause many issues to arise either immediately or take a toll on your body over time.
How Do Upper Cervical Problems Affect the Ear?
A cervical spine injury can cause various types of ear dysfunctions, such as vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss. This is because the neck is related to proper ear function. When one of the top two bones of your spine, underneath the base of the skull, is misaligned it can affect the Eustachian tubes by limiting their ability to drain excess fluid.
This is important because inadequate drainage can cause vertigo, ear pain, and a feeling of fullness in the ear. A misalignment can place pressure on the eustachian tube or cause inflammation in the area with a possibility to lead up to the gradual development of a lesion on the eustachian tube.
Those who have had surgery for ear pain or ear infection have reported seeing improvements after an upper cervical adjustment. This is because although surgery may have helped in some way (or in some cases, not at all) it did not target what was causing their ear pain and their body was still limited on its healing and repairing capabilities due to the upper cervical misalignment.
Upper Cervical Treatment for Ear Pain
When your upper cervical spine is misaligned, ear pain is only one of the many issues that can come from it. A misalignment in the upper cervical spine takes away your body’s ability to communicate with the brain properly.
The brain stem is the bridge to the brain to body communication, and when this bridge is damaged it can lead to false signals, which include having a false sense of pain, or signals may stop from being transmitted altogether!
Brain to body communication gives your body the natural ability to heal and repair interferences. If your ear pain is a symptom, there is no way the body can naturally fix what is causing the symptom if there is miscommunication. When the bridge is repaired, the communication returns to normal and begins repairing your body immediately.
Upper cervical adjustments allow your body to focus on correcting what is causing the ear pain rather than treating ear pain as a symptom and trying to find a way to “improve the pain” without targeting the cause.
Surgery and medication are used to help improve how you are feeling by altering the way the body responds and feels. Upper cervical adjustments, on the other hand, help improve the natural state of your body so it can become stronger and heal itself from the inside out.
If you or a loved one is experiencing ear pain and are looking for a natural, effective treatment or have found no ideal solution in surgery or medication, upper cervical adjustments have been extremely beneficial to fighting against ear pain and various causes behind it.