Dizziness and Vertigo after a Motor Vehicle Accident
Symptoms by body part:
Cervical Paraspinal (Side of Neck)
- Acute Pain
Cervical Spine (Central-Neck)
- Acute Pain
Occipital region (Base of Skull)
- Acute Pain
- Acute/Chronic Pain
It is common for patient’s to experience dizziness/vertigo after a motor vehicle accident. The injury sustained is typically viewed as a whiplash injury, but also affects the area of our brain that controls our balance, coordination and spatial awareness. The regions of the neck at the base of the skull are extremely sensitive, and normal feedback from these structures is required for understanding where our head should be in space. When this is damaged, so is the signaling that normally transmits information to our vestibular system, the part of the brain that controls our sense of balance and spatial awareness. If affected, it is common to experience light headedness, spatial awareness issues, dizziness, vertigo (a sensation which feels like either you or the room are spinning) and often migraines or headaches.
- Difficulty focusing/concentration
- Dizziness/vertigo when looking from one target to the next
- Dizziness/vertigo at grocery stores/malls/department stores
- Neck pain
- Dizziness/vertigo when turning your head, or turning over in bed
- Feelings of light-headedness, spatial orientation unawareness
- Lapse in memory and slowness in thought
- Feeling as if the room is spinning, or the world around you is moving
- Feeling as if you are moving, often described as being on an elevator or looking over a cliff edge
How do we treat it?
The treatment for such an issue comes in the form of Functional Neurology, which we use to diagnose the part(s) of the nervous system affected. Once we have located the patterns of dysfunction, we can then formulate specific treatment for the individual. Treatments include vestibular/ spatial awareness training, chiropractic adjustments to the affected regions to restore normal feedback/activation to the vestibular regions, muscle stimulation and cold laser therapy to retrain hypertonic muscles, specialized neuromuscular stretching and re-education to affected muscle groups, cervical decompression to improve disc height and health, and often altering sodium and alcohol consumption in the form of dietary changes. In summary, we are repairing broken patterns of communication, restoring them to normal neurological health.
When treated appropriately, these patients have high success rates. The earlier a patient is admitted to care, the faster they will experience results.