Vertigo is a false sense that you or your surroundings are moving. Patients report lying still in bed and feeling that the room is spinning. This condition is oftentimes confused with dizziness, a sense of unsteadiness or lightheadedness.
It is commonly accompanied by nausea, ringing in the ears, trouble walking and visual disturbances. Episodes can last from minutes to hours and may come and go for years or be constantly present. Many patients have had extensive diagnositc procedures and have been referred to a neurologist before they seek our care.
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Common Treatments for Vertigo
Oftentimes it’s difficult to pinpoint the cause of vertigo, and patients are often prescribed over-the-counter and prescription medications such as antibiotics, antihistamines, motion-sickness medications and tranquilizers to ease the symptoms. For many patients, vertigo impacts their life 24 hours a day. A canalith repositioning procedure is oftentimes recommended, and surgery is left as a last resort.
It’s common for patients to hear that they “will have to learn to live with it,” and it’s simply not true for many of our patients.
How We Help Cervicogenic Vertigo
Research suggests that there is a link between traumas such as concussion and whiplash with vertigo. Vertigo originating from neck dysfunction is known as cervicogenic vertigo. Following a car accident or trauma to the head, symptoms can sometimes take months to years to develop, making it difficult to connect the two events.
NUCCA Care focuses on restoring proper alignment of the upper cervical spine, or upper neck, reducing irritiation to the nerves that trigger this type of vertigo.
The Connection Between Your Vertigo and Your Neck
One of the common causes of vertigo is directly connected to your neck. The first bone of the neck, C1, is also known as atlas. When atlas is knocked out of alignment, it can cause a variety of neurological symptoms because it sits at the level of the brainstem. When your atlas is out of place, your head can tilt to one side, one shoulder can be higher than the other, and your pelvis can twist and distort. It’s easy to check your postural distortions in the mirror. When your neck is out of place, it affects your entire body. This structural imbalance causes your body to be off center (off the vertical axis), and can be one of the causes of vertigo. This type of vertigo is called cervicogenic vertigo
Atlas subluxation can irritate the vestibulo-cochlear nerve, the 8th cranial nerve. The 8th cranial nerve controls our sense of balance and originates in the upper neck. The top bones of your neck protect this delicate part of your central nervous system.
Our doctors have expert experience in determining the many causes of vertigo, whether it be cervicogenic in nature or not. It is common for patients to report prior whiplash and head trauma during their initial consultation. Upper cervical chiropractic care offers a natural solution without drugs or surgery, and many patients get relief after every type of treatment has failed.
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