5 Common Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo, Meniere's Disease, Hydrops, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Ringing Ears, Dizzy, DizzinessVertigo episodes can be severely disabling. Being unable to drive, complete daily tasks, or even spend time with loved ones can greatly affect quality of life during attacks. Common conditions or events that can lead to vertigo include the following:

  • Head injuries – car accidents, concussions, other head traumas
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Certain medications
  • Recent ear infection

Management of vertigo traditionally includes physical therapy and/or medication. These solutions may be effective in the short-term, but they do not address a potential root cause of vertigo.
Vertigo and Your Spine
Your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord carries signals to and from your brain. When the top bone in your neck (atlas) is misaligned, this can create pressure within your spinal cord at the base of your neck. This can affect joint position signals going to and from your brainstem, potentially leading to vertigo symptoms.

The doctors of HP Spine Center are trained in Orthospinology, a precise chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very specific and gentle chiropractic technique that does not involve any twisting, popping, or cracking. Through realignment of the atlas, pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of vertigo symptoms.

Mayheu et al. described a case of a 23-year-old female patient that presented with vertigo symptoms 5 months following a concussion. After receiving a specific atlas adjustment, she realized her vertigo symptoms disappeared. After two months of care, she stated that she had complete resolution of her vertigo since her first atlas correction.

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