What is it?
Vertigo is the false sensation that you are spinning or moving when you are in fact stationary. It differs from “dizziness” or light-headedness in that patients usually describe it as more violent than feeling dizzy, and patients normally need to sit down and often hold onto something until the episode of vertigo stops, which can take up to about 15-20 seconds . Causes of vertigo are varied and whilst there are a few main “benign” causes that make up about 99% of cases, there is always the chance for the cause to be something more sinister. It is important for the patient to be assessed thoroughly as soon as symptoms occur. Some causes include a middle ear infection, usually resulting from a cold or flu. Another is Meniere’s disease that also results in balance disturbance, hearing loss, and often headache and vomiting episodes.
How can we help?
The most common cause of vertigo is upper neck joint dysfunction. This produces nerve irritation which can have an effect on the balance structures in the brain and result in bouts of vertigo. Being a neck joint problem, this is something Chiropractors treat on a daily basis through neck and spinal adjustments – which normally have a positive outcome at AVC. Chiropractic is a good treatment option for treating vertigo – make sure you tell your doctor about your symptoms and they will work on a specific plan to get you feeling better and living each day with ease.
– Dr Mark Whitfield