Physical Therapy Treatment for Cervicogenic Dizziness
Cervicogenic dizziness is dizziness related to problems in the neck. Some people experience dizziness that may be related to problems arising from the cervical spine or neck.
Common symptoms include neck pain associated with:
- Limited neck mobility
- Tinnitus (ear ringing)
- Aural fullness (fullness in ears)
It is thought that cervicogenic dizziness can develop following a whiplash injury to the neck, or it may occur when there is pathology of the cervical spine, such as degeneration. Some of the time, it is due to other causes. Many patients with cervicogenic dizziness limit their usual tasks and duties because they are afraid to move.
Approximately 35% of adults over age 40 in the United States have experienced dizziness and/or imbalance due to some type of vestibular disorder; that’s approximately 69 million Americans!
Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs when the brain is violently shaken during rapid movement changes or when the head is directly hit. This creates changes in the brain’s chemistry and function.
The term whiplash associated disorders (WAD) describes injuries that occur as a result of a rapid acceleration-deceleration movement. Whiplash is the most common injury occurring after car accidents.