Clinical Link between Osteoporosis and Vertigo

Vertigo is the sensation that you or the things around you are moving or spinning. It is connected to a problem of the inner ear and can be likened to the sensation when you stand up too quickly and feel the room moving around you. While it is not usually life threatening, it can cause a problem if an attack occurs while one is driving or on a tall ladder. The onset of vertigo often occurs after surgery or head trauma, and it is theorized the crystals of calcium carbonate in the ear break off and move around within the tubes of the inner ear causing the balance issues.

A study performed in Korea reveals an interesting connection between vertigo and osteoporosis (a condition that lowers bone density and makes a person more susceptible to getting a fracture). The study was initiated by Dr. Ji Soo Kim from Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea. He observed 209 people diagnosed with BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) and 202 people with no history of vertigo or dizziness.

When bone density was tested on the above-mentioned subjects, it was noted that people with osteopenia (the stage before osteoporosis) were twice as likely to have vertigo compared to people with bone density in normal ranges. It is believed this has to do with improper calcium metabolism.

What is to Be Done for Vertigo?

Upper cervical chiropractors offer their patients a natural alternative to vertigo care. As stated above, vertigo can happen after a head trauma and may be due to a vertebra in the neck becoming misaligned. The C1 and C2 vertebrae are designed so as to protect the brainstem. However, an injury can cause them to become misaligned. When this happens, pressure may be put on the brainstem, and this can result in improper signals being sent to the brain about the body’s location. This can lead to the sensation of vertigo.

Upper cervical chiropractors use a gentle technique to help the bones realign, thereby releasing the stress being put on the brainstem. The results? Many see their vertigo improve or even go away completely. To learn more, find a practice in your area and make an appointment today.


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