Cervical dizziness is caused by various neck injuries and problems that give the sensation of feeling off and imbalance, accompanied by dizziness & headaches.
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.
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.
How is cervical dizziness treated?
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 you have been experiencing.
You will undergo a complete assessment of your balance and vestibular system, which is a key component to addressing your problem in full. It is important to note that not all symptoms necessarily originate in the neck and there is often overlap with balance reaction challenges that have resulted from decreased activity. This can lead to imbalance and falls.
We then take these two assessments and implement a treatment plan to increase motion of the muscles and joints of the neck and increase the available movement you can perform without symptoms. Additionally, you will perform balance and visual exercises to stimulate the vestibular system to ensure your balance system is operating at an optimal level.
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