Benign paroxysmal 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. Positional vertigo specifically refers to the spinning feeling that is caused by moving the head into certain positions.
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 for positional vertigo. It is common in adults over the age of 50. Having a head or neck injury also increases the likelihood of someone to develop positional vertigo. This is the case even if vertigo does not begin immediately following the injury. Something like a concussion or a whiplash injury can serve as a trigger for such episodes. Thus, it is a common aftereffect of car accidents and sports injuries.
Finding Natural Relief for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Since positional vertigo often follows a head or neck injury, it makes sense for this to be the target when seeking care. An upper cervical chiropractor can evaluate if you have a subluxation in the top two bones of the spine. A misalignment in either of these vertebrae can cause vertigo to develop. It may lead to the restriction of blood flow to the brain. It may also result in pressure on the vestibular nerve that controls balance.
Many patients in case studies have seen complete resolution of vertigo after upper cervical care. If you have vertigo, contact an upper cervical chiropractor now. We urge you, especially if you have a history of head or neck injury. Undergo an examination and learn if this may be the underlying cause of your condition.