I pulled a muscle in my neck 4 months ago. Now if feels like bones grinding together and there's always a popping sound. Recently its affecting my inner ear and it feels like a bad ear infection. What can I do to make it go away?
Ear pain can be referred from points in certain neck muscles. The Sternocleidomastoid muscle in the neck (commonly referred to as the "SCM") can develop trigger points, especially after trauma to the SCM region in the neck occurs. Trigger points in the SCM can send pain signals to surrounding areas when trauma occurs.
There are two major parts to the SCM, and ear pain is associated with the Clavicular division of the SCM.
The upper aspect of this division can refer pain deep into the ear.
I would urge you to Google "SCM & Ear pain" or "SCM trigger point ear pain", etc. -- links to information about this issue should pop right up. You can then access treatment methods commonly used; there are diagrams to help with this, however, at-home physical therapy should probably be reserved mainly for people already familiar with doing trigger point release. I do think you should see your doctor to rule out any possible infection or other inner ear problem first & foremost. If no direct diagnosis is found, such as ear infection, I do think contacting a Physical Therapist in your area for a consult could be your answer.
Best of luck!
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