If you suffer from an acute or frequent sinus infection, sinus headaches, or sinus congestion, all you want is relief. You may have tried over-the-counter or prescription remedies to deal with the affliction without success, or you just can’t get relief fast enough. Swetech Medical Center in Clinton Township offers osteopathic treatment that addresses what’s really going on behind your sinus infections so the problem can be treated at the source.
Osteopathic Treatment for Sinus Infection
Chronic sinus problems can cause a host of uncomfortable side effects, including:
- Intense facial pain
- Nasal pressure
- Runny nose
- Facial tenderness
Chances are, if you’re a regular sufferer of sinus infections, you’ve taken your fair share of antibiotics to try to manage the symptoms and get rid of the problem. In many cases, this is an appropriate treatment, but sometimes medications are used as a bandage alone and do not identify the root cause of the infection or prevent the problem from occurring again.
Osteopathic manipulation is a holistic approach to sinus infections designed to help drain the sinuses and provide quick relief from the discomfort of the condition by eliminating pain and congestion. By working around the face, sinuses, upper back, and thoracic inlet, the sinuses can be drained, making it easier to breath and relieve headaches and other symptoms. Further treatment of the neck, shoulders, and upper back can also encourage further drainage and reduce any tension that can exacerbate the sinus infection.
How the Sinuses Work
The sinuses are located above and behind the eyes, behind the upper nose, and in the cheekbones. These chambers are filled with air and designed to humidify the air before it journeys to the lungs. In sinus infections, the nasal passages that produce mucus to moisturize the lining of the nose and protect it from pollutants, dirt, dust, and more become infected and the sinus membranes become inflamed. That’s when the discomfort kicks in.
Most cases of acute sinusitis begin with the common cold but can also be caused by severe allergies, chronic nasal problems not allergy-related, a deviated septum, or asthma. People with immune deficiencies are also more susceptible to sinus infections.
Pain is one of the most common symptoms of a sinus infection and the location of the pain depends on which sinus is affected. Your doctor will want to know exactly where your pain is situated so targeted treatment can follow.
- Forehead pain, especially when touched, indicates inflammation of the frontal sinuses.
- Aching teeth and upper jaw and tender cheeks indicate a maxillary sinus infection.
- Swollen eyelids and pain between the eyes indicate inflammation of the ethmoid sinuses near the tear ducts.
- Earaches, neck pain, and other deep aches point to an infection of the sphenoid sinuses.
Nasal secretions are common in sinusitis and are also known as post-nasal drip which drains in the back of the throat. A stuffy nose and a feeling of fullness in the entire face is commonly associated with sinus infections.
Sinus Infection Treatment in Clinton Township
If you want a conservative but effective treatment for what you suspect is a sinus infection, schedule an appointment with Swetech Medical Center in Clinton Township. We will conduct the necessary testing to rule out conditions that may be associated with sinusitis and to ensure that we are treating the right medical problem at its core and not simply a symptom of it.
Our goal is to decrease any congestion and swelling you have in the nose and sinuses, improve the nasal passage opening and drainage, help you keep your mucus membranes moist and thin, and maximize your natural immunity.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment or call us about walk-in availability.