Exploring the Link Between the Neck and Vertigo

The cervical spine is an essential part of the body’s sensory and coordination system. The neck area includes the spinal cord which is the pathway for transmitting sensory information. Spinal misalignment in the upper neck can cause some symptoms include uncoordinated movement or have an effect on your senses.
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“Your Neck Might Be the Reason You’re Feeling Dizzy”

Many people feel dizzy and sometimes doctors can’t figure out why. One reason could be problems in the upper part of the neck.  Cervicogenic Dizziness is a disorder that causes dizziness that originates in the neck. If your dizziness is triggered by neck movement or position, and you experience an imbalance similar to being drunk, you may have cervicogenic dizziness. It’s usually accompanied by symptoms such as neck pain and stiffness for at least three months, along with headaches. Although cervical vertigo has been thought to be uncommon, 7.5% of many conditions that involve dizziness are reported to be cervical vertigo.

If you suffer from this type of balance problem or dizziness, it’s not uncommon to see it around you. People with cervical dizziness often report feeling dizzy when they move their head or hold certain neck positions for long periods of time. Conversely, when neck pain decreases, so does dizziness, and these symptoms usually last for a few minutes to a few hours.

This type of dizziness is classified as a disabling condition that can have a significant impact on your daily life. The fear of not knowing when, where, and how a dizzy spell will be triggered can make it scary to get behind the wheel, which is why many people bring their family members with them when they visit the doctor.