Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (often referred to as positional vertigo) is the most common cause of the sudden feeling that one is spinning. These brief episodes of dizziness can range in intensity from mild to severe. In some cases, a person may fall when a severe episode strikes suddenly. An attack may be triggered by something as simple as sitting up too quickly in bed, and positional vertigo specifically refers to vertigo that is caused by moving the head into certain positions.
Positional vertigo in itself is generally considered to be a non-dangerous condition. The primary exception is when a severe attack comes at a time when a fall would be particularly dangerous. For example, if one is working on a ladder, vertigo can cause a much more dangerous fall than when one is walking down a carpeted hallway.
What Factors Increase the Risk of Positional Vertigo?
While this condition can afflict someone at any age, the odds increase as one gets older. Age is the primary risk factor when it comes to positional vertigo, especially for those over the age of 50. A head or neck injury increases the likelihood that one will eventually suffer from positional vertigo, even if vertigo does not begin immediately following the injury. Something like a concussion or a whiplash injury, in particular, can serve as a trigger for such episodes. Thus, it is a common aftereffect of car accidents and sports injuries.
Finding Natural Relief for Positional Vertigo
Since positional vertigo often follows a head or neck injury, it makes sense for this to be the region of the body to go to when seeking care. An upper cervical chiropractor can evaluate if you have a subluxation in the top two bones of the spine. Situated at the base of the skull, a misalignment in either of these vertebrae can create the circumstances under which vertigo occurs. For example, blood flow to the brain may be restricted, or the vestibular nerve that controls balance may be affected.
Many patients in case studies have seen complete resolution of vertigo after upper cervical care. If you are suffering from vertigo, especially if you have a history of head or neck injury, contact an upper cervical chiropractor for an examination to see if this may be the underlying cause of your condition.
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