If you have ever experienced vertigo, you may wonder what it is that causes the spinning sensation. Quite often, it is the result of an inner ear problem. However, that inner ear issue may just be one symptom of an underlying problem in the neck. Let’s take a closer look at vertigo.
Conditions that May Cause Vertigo
A few conditions may be diagnosed if vertigo becomes chronic. Three of these conditions are:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo – This means that the vertigo is caused by the position of the head, neck, and ear. It is the most common cause of vertigo. Unfortunately, it is also used as a catchall for doctors when the underlying cause of vertigo cannot be determined.
- Labyrinthitis – This is inner ear inflammation that affects the nerve which is responsible for balance and spatial recognition for the body. Usually, this is caused by some kind of virus and clears up when the virus and inflammation run their course.
- Ear Infections – Ear infections can result in temporary cases of vertigo. Antibiotics usually clear up the infection and relieve vertigo within a few days.
- Meniere’s Disease – This is a fairly uncommon vestibular condition that has vertigo as a primary symptom. Other symptoms include tinnitus, a feeling of fullness in the affected ear, and potential hearing loss.
The Underlying Cause and How to Find Help
One common reason for vertigo problems is an upper cervical misalignment. These can easily occur when a person sustains trauma to the head or neck. Whiplash injuries, concussions, and slip and fall injuries are just a few ways such a misalignment can come about.
Upper Cervical chiropractors focus specifically on the C1 and C2 vertebrae located at the base of the skull. When misalignments are corrected in this area using precise, gentle adjustments, many vertigo patients experience less severe or frequent symptoms. Some have even seen a complete end to vertigo attacks.
If you are experiencing vertigo, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, come and see us at Upper Cervical Health Center Springfield to learn what upper cervical chiropractic care may be able to do for you.
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