Have you ever experienced vertigo? It’s the feeling that you get after spinning around for a sustained period of time, or when you get up too quickly without having eaten in a while. Though small children often seek the sensation, vertigo is not always fun. It is often a symptom of a significant illness, and in many occasions that illness is related to cervical disc problems.
At our cervical spine specialist in New Jersey, may patients come to us with what is known as “cervicogenic dizziness” caused by trauma to the neck or poor posture. The good news is that the condition can easily be diagnosed and treated. When a specialist is involved, the condition can also be prevented by paying attention to issues involving the neck muscles.
Cervical vertigo is extremely disconcerting. When it feels like the world is not steady under your feet it can impact every aspect of your life. Driving becomes dangerous, and even walking is harrowing. You lose your sense of confidence, and often lose your appetite too. The condition can range in levels from mild to extremely serious.
Though most people who experience vertigo find that it is caused by an inner ear infection that can be treated with antibiotics, when the symptoms arise from the neck it is generally an indication of an underlying injury to the muscles of the neck, and the dizziness will be triggered by something as innocuous as simply turning your head or sneezing.
In mild cases the sensation lasts moments, but for others it can be debilitating and last for hours. It can also be accompanied by other symptoms including nausea and vomiting, ringing in the ears, and headache.
Patients who come to our cervical spine specialty practice often do not realize that their vertigo is related to their neck pain. They come to us for treatment of their cervical spine, and in the course of the examination they mention their difficulty in finding a solution for their dizziness, and they mention their migraine symptoms as well. Putting the symptoms together to arrive at the correct diagnosis is the first step in getting the proper treatment and curing the problem.
Cervical vertigo occurs because the nervous system sends signals about the body’s orientation to the lower brain and inner ear in order to maintain balance and coordination. Injuries to the muscles, nerves and joints in the neck cause these signals to misfire, and that is what leads to the sensation of instability and dizziness. Some of the specific injuries that have been related to cervical vertigo include trauma like whiplash, which is frequently caused by a vehicular or athletic accident.
Sometimes nerves can be injured during a surgery, leading to misfiring signals, and degenerative problems like cervical spondylosis and advanced osteoarthritis can cause problems too, and there are occasions when cervical vertigo is caused by poor posture,
but one of the most likely causes of the problem is a slipped disc, which can occur in the cervical spine or lower, in the lumbar area.
If you are experiencing dizziness accompanied by neck pain, our cervical spine specialist can provide the treatment you need to restore your sense of stability. Contact us today to set up a time for an appointment.