Cervical dizziness, often referred to as “cervicogenic” dizziness, is a condition that can occur when sensors in the joints of the neck send abnormal signals to the brain regarding head position and movement. This can be caused by degenerative changes to the cervical spine and patients often associate the dizziness with headaches and neck pain.
What is our approach?
You will undergo a complete assessment of your balance and vestibular system, which is a key component to addressing your problem in full. We will assess your neck motion paying close attention to individual joint mobility, or movement, by performing a thorough, hands-on exam. We assess the condition of the muscles in the neck and their attachments to the head, often finding a correlation to the symptoms of cervical dizziness you have been experiencing.
Cervical dizziness is caused by various neck injuries and problems that give the sensation of feeling off and imbalance, accompanied by dizziness & headaches. There is no formal test that can confirm this condition. It is diagnosed after a careful history and examination of both the cervical spine and the vestibular system. We hear patients report symptoms of having a heavy head, general neck soreness or pain, a sense of cloudiness of the head and general disequilibrium, or imbalance.
percent of Americans over the age of 40 have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction
a third of people over the age of
fall every year and are in need of vestibular rehabilitation
Forms of Vertigo We Treat
Other Types of Disorders We Treat
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common, yet disturbing types of vertigo that one can experience. This condition happens when “canaliths” or calcium carbonate crystals break free inside the inner ear and disrupts the signals sent to the brain indicating that the head has moved.
The name itself describes what actually happens when the crystals break free.
- Benign simply means that this is not a disease process and while disturbing, it is not a health threat.
- Paroxysmal means that these symptoms can suddenly occur and reoccur seemingly without warning.
- Positional means that these symptoms are brought on by movements of the head.
- Vertigo is the sense of you, or the world, spinning out of control.
Treatment happens by relocating the crystals to the sensory organs of the ears by placing your head in a sequence of positions.
Meniere’s Disease is an inner ear condition that can cause vertigo and hearing loss. In most cases, the disease affects only one ear and the hearing loss can become permanent.
Headaches, migraines, tension and stress headaches are all very common with vestibular injuries. The underlying cause of these headaches could be a number of vertigo-related illnesses.
Neuronitis is an inflammation of the peripheral nervous system. The symptoms depend on which nerve(s) are involved but can include pain, commonly described as burning, stabbing, or tingling, paralysis, wasting and disappearing of the reflexes.
Labyrinthitis is a disorder from an infection that causes inflammation in the inner ear and/or the nerves that connect the inner ear to the brain. This inflammation creates disruption of sensory information from the ear to the brain. The symptoms include dizziness, nausea, vertigo, and minor loss of hearing.
Acoustic Neuroma is a benign tumor that develops of the nerves (vestibular & cochlear) that connect the ear to the brain. The pressure of the tumor can cause hearing loss and imbalance.
Mal de Debarquement Syndrome
Mal De Debarquement is a rare disorder of the vestibular system that results in an imbalance/swaying sensation often felt and seen by the sufferer. The symptoms can be made worse when a person is not moving.
Unilateral & Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction
Unilateral and Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction is an umbrella term for when the balance system in your inner ear is not working properly. The most common symptoms that the vestibular system is not working properly are: dizziness/vertigo, poor balance, blurred vision, nausea and trouble walking.
Cerebellar Degeneration & Age-Related Multisensory Deficits
Cerebellar Degeneration is the deterioration of the neurons in the cerebellum. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that controls muscle coordination and balance. The symptoms of Cerebellar Degeneration are characterized by a wide-legged, usually unsteady, lurching walk accompanied by tremors in the body.
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