In the United States, dizziness is one of the most frequent medical complaints given to doctors. There can be many different reasons a person experiences dizziness, but one unique cause
can be cervical (neck) related. Cervical dizziness can be caused by a range of factors, and diagnosing it requires the help of trained doctors. Luckily, there are treatment methods available
to relieve the symptoms and get you back to feeling normal again.
Cervical dizziness is a type of vertigo that is caused by problems in the cervical spine. Studies have found that the neck plays a big part in our balance, which means that anything that disrupts its structure can have an impact on those functions. Dizziness can cause a person to feel like the world is spinning around them, even when they are standing still. A person experiencing cervical dizziness will feel similar sensations of vertigo, as well as other possible symptoms related to the neck.
Cervical dizziness is oftentimes a symptom of an underlying issue, such as a neck injury. It is classified as a Whiplash Associated Disorder, which is most commonly found with head injuries, head trauma, or after a car accident. Other causes may stem from inflammation or abnormal communication between the nerve pathways in the neck due to injury. Oftentimes, a person may begin experiencing signs of cervical dizziness after a triggering event. This can cause the dizziness to last for anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.
Common symptoms of cervical dizziness include neck pain, headaches, nausea, ringing in the ears, or feeling unsteady or off-balance. Additionally, these symptoms may also be accompanied by a decrease in neck mobility or a generally stiff neck. These can occur or worsen after doing physical activities or even standing up too fast. Sometimes, it’s possible that you may even find it difficult to concentrate if you have cervical dizziness.
An evaluation can be conducted by a vestibular and balance expert in order to determine the source of your dizziness. This test is non-invasive and does not require any scans or imaging.
The doctor will inquire about any recent head or neck injuries, feelings of stiffness or pain in the neck, and a decreased range of motion in the area. Once these factors are determined, you will
continue on with a cervical dizziness evaluation. In most cases, the professional examining you will look for sporadic eye movements with different head positions.
After being diagnosed with cervical dizziness, your doctor will recommend a treatment plan that caters to the specific underlying cause. Cervical dizziness is often treated by applying a combination of manual therapies to the neck. You may receive physical therapy to help you to stretch and strengthen the injured area. The symptoms may also be managed with the aid of
certain medications that can help lessen the dizziness and ease the pain.
Most of the time, it is possible to manage and treat cervical dizziness. While diagnosing it can sometimes be tricky, once it is determined that you have cervical dizziness there are many treatment options available. Those with severe degeneration in the neck may have a harder time treating their cervical dizziness. However, the symptoms can still be managed in order to relieve discomfort and pain.
If you think you may be experiencing signs of cervical dizziness, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Our expert Doctors of Audiology can help diagnose your issue and determine
the best treatment options for you. To schedule an appointment with our New York City office, contact us by calling (212) 774-1971 or filling out our online form.