Meniere’s Disease – What’s the Best Treatment?

Meniere's Disease, Vertigo, Dizzy, Dizziness, Disequilibrium, SpinningUS clinicians have launched a new trial to help those who suffer from Meniere’s Disease – a disorder that affects the inner ear and can cause nausea together with a loss of hearing and balance.

The condition is caused by problems with the fluid in the inner ear and the vestibulocochlear nerve, meaning the brain finds it difficult to determine where the body is spatially.

Currently, there are no FDA-approved medications for the disorder, which is thought to affect more than 600,000 people in the US. However, doctors can prescribe steroidal injections to help relieve pain, but the relief only lasts for around 10-15 minutes and requires an invasive injection into the ear.

The new trial will instead rely on injecting a gel into the ear that slowly releases a steroid over the course of three months.

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However, due to the invasive nature of steroid injections, which can have limited effects, many patients favor a more natural treatment approach. At Progressive Chiropractic, we treat patients without surgery and help them live a normal life.

Our method treats the upper neck, offering help to suffers of the disorder through NUCCA spinal care, which focuses on the atlas (C1) vertebrae at the top of the neck. Research has shown a correlation between the atlas bone, the inner ear, and the vestibulocochlear nerve.

A study of 139 Meniere’s patients who received upper cervical chiropractic revealed a dramatic relief of symptoms. All the patients had previously suffered a neck injury – ranging in seriousness from a minor fall to major car accident. On average, the disability level decreased from 8.5/10 to 1.4/10 and some patients only required a couple of sessions to experience improvement. So if you are suffering from the symptoms of Meniere’s Disease, you should consult an upper cervical chiropractor for an examination.

References:

  1. American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Ménière’s disease. http://www.entnet.org/content/menieres-disease (accessed 2/2/201).
  2. Brochu N. Clinical trial to Study Potential Ménière’s Treatment. http:/http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-menieres-disease-study-20140801-story.html (accessed 24 March 2015).Otonomy. Ménière’s Disease Study. http://www.otonomyresearch.com/about-the-study.html (accessed 24 March 2015).
  3. Burcon MT. Upper cervical specific protocol and results for 139 patients with medically diagnosed Ménière’s disease. , J Vertebral Subluxation Res November 14, 2010:1-10.

 

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