Disorders That Can Bring Vertigo Including the Rare Ones


Vertigo is the perception of motion even when no movement is present or the abnormal perception of motion in response to any head movements. In other words, you may have the sensation that you are spinning or your environment is spinning. Vertigo makes you feel unsteady when you are trying to move. It is because the brain and body communication is not working correctly.

Vertigo is a typical symptom of a disturbance of the inner ear and has to do with a malfunction of the vestibular system. Vertigo is not an actual condition. Instead, it is a symptom of a health condition. You may look at it like the pain you feel in your leg after you bump into something. It may be due to blood clots, a fracture, or something else. Vertigo is similar. It can happen for many distinctive reasons.

Other Functions of the Ears and Eyes

In addition to the sense of hearing, the ears play an important role in helping and controlling the body’s balance. The inner ears contain the semicircular canals and the otolithic organs. These are the sensory organs of the vestibular system for detecting the motions of the body. When the ears detect movement, they start sending signals to the muscles of the eyes, neck, arms, legs, and trunk of the body. It helps the organs to keep stability even as the body and head undergo complex motions.

For us to move freely and keep our eyes set on a particular object, the vestibulo-ocular reflex (which manages the eye position in response to signals from the ear) has to be operating correctly and engaged. For some individuals, when they lose the inner ear function, they begin to experience oscillopsia, the irregular sense of movement in their visual field, as they perform their regular routines.

Disorders That Cause Vertigo

A migraine with vestibular symptoms can cause throbbing head pain, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sound and light, and vertigo.

It occurs when you move your head in certain positions, such as rolling over in bed. It has to do with displaced crystals within the inner ear.

It is an irritation and swelling of the inner ear, causing dizziness, vertigo, and hearing loss.

It is a type of skin cyst positioned in the middle ear and mastoid bone in the skull.

A benign tumor grows on  the balance nerves

An infection of the inner ear causes inflammation in the nerves or the inner ear itself

This condition is known for causing severe vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus, and a sensation of congestion or fullness in the affected ear

Rare Reasons Behind Vertigo

  • Cervical vertigo

Particular head movements lead to dizziness and vertigo caused by abnormalities in the neck muscles and bones

  • Cerebrovascular accident or stroke

Vertigo is seldom the single symptom of a stroke.

  • Perilymphatic fistula

An abnormal link between the inner ear and middle ear enables the leakage of the fluid in the inner ear

  • Otosclerosis

Change in the dense bone that houses the inner ear causes alterations to internal ear function.

  • Superior semicircular canal dehiscence

The lack of bone over the topmost portion of the inner ear balance canals

  • Vertebrobasilar insufficiency

Diminished blood flow in the major blood vessels that move to the lower area of the brain causes vertigo

  • Chiari malformation

An anatomic abnormality that exists at the base of the skull and triggers vertigo

  • Syphilis
  • Multiple Sclerosis

How the Brain Reacts to Injury and Vertigo

When the inner ear suffers from an injury, the brain adapts and does something impressive. It undergoes a complex set of changes that allow it to start once again to understand the distorted sensory input and do away with the feeling of vertigo. This is known as vestibular compensation. It may take about three days for vertigo to become adequately managed and an additional six weeks for the brain to adapt to the new signals it is now receiving. 

However, for some individuals, this is never absolute, and they may continue to deal with vertigo. If this is true in your case, and you are suffering from the debilitating effects of vertigo, we encourage you to experience upper cervical chiropractic care.

Vertigo Patients Can Benefit From Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Clinical studies showed that vertigo and a blow to the neck or head share a link. Many patients have noticed the start of their vertigo attacks and disorders after experiencing events such as vehicular accidents, trips, and falls, or sporting injuries. Upper cervical chiropractors recognize the importance of an adequately aligned upper cervical spine. Any misalignment in the bones of the neck can cause various health issues, including vertigo in many people.

The brainstem is in the same area as the C1 and C2 vertebrae. A misalignment of these bones can cause intense pressure to the brainstem, causing it to malfunction. As a result, it begins to send improper signals to the brain about the body’s correct location. The brainstem signals do not match the signals from the eyes and ears, thus causing vertigo.

Upper cervical chiropractors use a gentle and precise method based on scientific measurements to help realign the bones without resorting to the use of force. Many vertigo patients report significant improvements in their symptoms, while some see their vertigo go away completely.

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