In the last blog I mentioned Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), which is the most common type of vertigo. I find a close second is cervicogenic vertigo. With this type, the patient complains of vertigo that is associated with maintaining (not acquiring) certain head positions. It is often associated with neck pain and appears to be related with some type of trauma in one third of patients, ie. whiplash injury.
With cervicogenic vertigo the nerves in the joint of the cerivcal spine (proprioceptors) are believed to have either degenerated or being overstimulated. This causes an imbalance of perceptive information to the brain, which leads to dysequilibrium.
In the office we will perform the Fitz-Ritson rotation test, which helps to differentiate between BPPV and Cervicogenic vertigo.
The use of chiropractic adjustments to stimulate and reposition the cervical spine has shown to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of cervicogenic vertigo. Feel free to call the office and talk to our staff about possibly getting rid of your dizziness.