Vertigo is primarily a symptom of an underlying condition, not a condition in itself. When certain head positions trigger the false feeling of spinning, it is referred to as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. This is the most common cause of vertigo. However, there are a number of other underlying causes. Let’s examine a few.
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Migraines – While migraines are most well-known for causing a severe headache, vertigo is another possible symptom. Certain types of migraines, also known as silent migraines, do not result in a headache. In such cases, vertigo is often one of the main identifying factors.
Labyrinthitis – Sometimes vertigo is due to an ear infection. When this is the case, it should resolve when the infection clears up.
Meniere’s Disease – This is a rare vestibular condition that brings vertigo, a feeling of fullness in the affected ear, temporary hearing loss, and tinnitus.
While medications may try to reduce the amount of fluid in the inner ear or stop the sensation of spinning, none of these pills address a common underlying issue. Vertigo often begins after a head or neck injury. This is because the uppermost vertebrae can have a profound effect on the vestibular system. This is the body's system responsible for maintaining balance.
In a case study involving Meniere’s patients, vertigo was greatly reduced for 136 of the 139 participants by means of upper cervical chiropractic care. It is important to note that all of the participants had suffered trauma to the neck in a car accident, sports injury, or fall. As a result, the study’s author recommended an examination by an upper cervical chiropractor for anyone who begins experiencing a spinning sensation after any kind of head or neck injury.
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