Dizziness & Vertigo Treatment
Some patients report dizziness or vertigo after an auto collision. There are four leading causes of this disorder after a wreck.
The most prevalent cause of dizziness is simply because of neck damage - or what's called cervicogenic dizziness. Your spine consists of thousands of nerves called proprioceptors, and these nerves tell your brain the position of your body. Proprioceptors are how you can control your body in the dark or with your eyes closed, and are an important part of how your body maintains balance.
In the event that your neck is sprained, the proprioceptors can be disrupted, and this important data is no longer supplied to the postural control system of your brain, resulting in vertigo.
Cervicogenic dizziness normally resolves itself with specific treatment of the damaged neck tissues.
Another type of dizziness is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. BPPV can be brought about by violent movement of your head, as you could very well experience at the time of a car collision. Your inner ear contains tiny calcium crystals called otoliths. As you move your head, these crystals move against nerve endings in your inner ear, sending information to your brain about the position of your head. During a violent movement of your head, these otoliths can essentially be jarred from their typical position to other parts of your inner ear. There, they send impulses to your brain that don't make sense, causing confusion in your postural control system, and dizziness.
Patients with BPPV commonly report dizziness that occurs when they position their head and neck in certain ways. Treatment of BPPV is done with a simple procedure called the Epley Maneuver, which positions your head to move the otoliths back to their normal position.
The third possible cause of dizziness after an auto injury is vascular injury. Occasionally, the arteries of the neck are damaged, causing disrupted blood flow to the brain. This type of injury is often felt as a pain in the back of the head that grows stronger over time, and it can be either on the side of the head or in the middle. Sometimes the pain feels aching, and other times it might feel like an increase in pressure or a throbbing sensation.
This is a very serious type of injury and it's very important to seek medical attention immediately if you have these signs or symptoms.
The fourth potential kind of vertigo is brain injury. If your head hit something at the time of the crash or if the collision was very bad, you can suffer a mild traumatic brain injury. If you experienced a brain injury, you might suffer with fuzzy thinking, confusion, dizziness, or memory loss after the collision. It's critical that you seek medical attention if you have these symptoms.
Chiropractic adjustments are a well-known, effective way to help men and women with dizziness, and we've been working with these types of injuries in Brunswick for over 20 years .
If you have been in a car wreck and have symptoms of back pain, Dr. Halverson is here to help. We can help identify the underlying source of your problem and formulate a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many people in Brunswick improve from these sorts of injuries.
Call our office today at (912) 262-9735 for an appointment or for more advice.