Vertigo, often described as the sensation of spinning while standing or sitting still, is a condition of the vestibular system. What are some of the conditions associated with vertigo?
- Positional Vertigo – This is the most common form of vertigo and results from sudden movements of the head. It is particularly common when a person sits up too quickly from a prone position.
- Labyrinthitis – When the inner ear is infected and becomes inflamed, vertigo may result. This is often because the ear becomes filled with fluid and does not drain properly due to the infection. Vertigo should clear up when the infection does.
- Meniere’s Disease – This is a rare vestibular condition that includes vertigo as a symptom. Other symptoms may include ringing in the ears, partial hearing loss, or a feeling of fullness in the ear.
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A Common Factor in Vertigo Causes
One underlying factor that can relate to the above problems is an upper cervical misalignment. Such a misalignment is commonly caused by car accidents, sports injuries, falls, or other head and neck trauma. The misalignment can, in turn, affect the proper function of the Eustachian tubes which are responsible for draining fluid from the ears. Also, since these bones facilitate blood flow to the brain, this too may be inhibited by a misalignment.
Thus, the misalignment can result in all of the conditions noted above. If the ears are not draining properly infection and inflammation may occur, or a lesion can develop that leads to Meniere’s. Also, lack of blood flow to the brain can be related to positional vertigo.
At Upper Cervical Hawaii, we specialize in realigning the top bones in the neck, the atlas and axis vertebrae. Once proper alignment is restored, blood flow to the brain can normalize as can Eustachian tube function. As a result, many patients find that vertigo gets better, regardless of the condition that is causing it. Some even experience complete resolution of vertigo symptoms.
WebMd. Vertigo: Causes, symptoms, and treatment. [homepage on the Internet]. 2015 [cited 2015 Jun 4]. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/brain/vertigo-symptoms-causes-treatment
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