Treatment for Cervicogenic Dizziness

What is Cervicogenic dizziness?

Cervicogenic dizziness and Cervicogenic headache

Cervicogenic headache and cervicogenic dizziness are closely related terms, often resulting from poor neck postures, or head injuries that cause a disorder in the alignment of the neck, as well as the cervical spine and its elements. They are conditions resulting from the poor positioning of the neck, or head/neck related injuries, which often occur in tandem, and can be treated by dealing with the underlying causes.

Causes of cervicogenic dizziness

A number of potential causes exist for cervicogenic dizziness. It can be caused by blockage of the arteries in the neck (atherosclerosis), as a result of hardening or tearing of the arteries (dissection). In this case, the dizziness is as a result of an interruption in the flow of blood to the inner ear, or the lower brain region (brain stem). Blood flow to these important regions can also be interrupted by arthritis, trauma to the neck, or surgery, which can cause cervicogenic dizziness.

Cervical spondylosis (advanced neck osteoarthritis), can also cause cervicogenic dizziness. This condition causes wear and tear in the vertebrae, and neck discs over time. This condition is called degeneration, and it puts pressure on the spinal nerves and spinal cords, disrupting blood flow to the inner ear, and brain region. This can also happen without spondylosis, through the occurrence of a slipped disc (herniated). If the receptors responsible for balance, by sending signals about head orientation and movements to the brain and vestibular apparatus, or parts of the inner ear is interrupted, and can’t communicate with the brain, dizziness and other sensory dysfunctions can be experienced.

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