Post-traumatic vertigo is the false feeling of spinning that occurs following a major or minor head or neck injury. Before we dig into post-traumatic vertigo, let’s first discuss what vertigo is.
Vertigo is a sensation of movement that is not accurate. It can give you a feeling that you or your world is spinning even when there is no actual movement, making you want to find vertigo relief in Farmington, MI as soon as possible. If you have vertigo, you may experience the symptoms below. They can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. Often, they come and go.
Most cases of vertigo arise from a problem in the inner ear. Here are some of the conditions that may bring vertigo:
Although less common, these vertigo can develop for other reasons:
Take note of the last thing we listed here: head or neck injuries. This is the point where we shift our topic to post-traumatic vertigo.
Each year, about 5% of the United States population suffers from head injuries. If you have post-traumatic vertigo, your vertigo comes after having a head or neck injury. Injuries to other parts of the body rarely result in vertigo. However, doctors are very cautious when giving a post-traumatic vertigo diagnosis.
There are many conditions associated with post-traumatic vertigo. Besides those conditions we have mentioned above, let’s go into the others and see how they connect to post-traumatic vertigo.
Before we reveal a natural solution that can help with post-traumatic vertigo, you should understand why head and neck injuries cause vertigo. The spine does the critical job of protecting the spinal cord. The C1 and C2 vertebrae, which are in the upper neck, protect the brainstem. The brainstem and spinal cord serve as the communication highway between the brain and the body. The brain can figure out where the body is in its environment, thanks to the brainstem. If either the C1 or C2 misalign due to a head or neck injury, the brainstem can undergo stress. This leads to the malfunction of the brainstem and the sending of improper signals to the brain. The brain also receives messages from other receptors in the body. If these signals don’t match up, vertigo can persist.
Research spearheaded by Dr. Erin Elster, an upper cervical chiropractor, observed 60 patients who had vertigo. Out of the 60 patients, 56 reported having an accident that affected their head or neck before the onset of vertigo. After receiving upper cervical chiropractic care, as many as 48 reported complete elimination of their vertigo. Others reported a big improvement in their symptoms.
If you need a vertigo chiropractor in Farmington, our team here at Premier Family Wellness and Spinal Care in Farmington, Michigan, is at your service. We use the exact method as the one in the study above. Our technique is gentle and does not rely on force to adjust the bones back into place. Instead, we encourage them to return into place naturally, giving them ample time to stay in place longer and enable the body to heal. Many of our patients have been happy to end their vertigo in a short period of time.
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Dr. Perkins grew up in Novi, Michigan and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He received his Doctorate Magna Cum Laude with a focus on Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Chris is well known in the community for his public speaking and holds a number of professional certifications. We are proud to say that Dr. Perkins and Perkins Family Wellness has been recognized by Hour Magazine as one of the Top Chiropractors in Metro Detroit for 3 years in row.