Many people that suffer back or neck injuries may experience more than just pain at the site of injury. Depending on where the injury occurs, damage to bones or pressure on nerves, can lead to pain elsewhere. There can also be residual side effects including nausea, headaches, and dizziness. Neck-related dizziness is quite common and can be serious if one does not take their time during daily activities. While many people are able to fully recover from their injuries and thus their symptoms, not all are so lucky. Neck and back injuries can be permanent and leave lasting effects on a person’s function.
A recent case study looked at a 29 year-old adult male who had been suffering from dizziness due to a cervicogenic issue for 10 years. The man had been injured as a child in an auto accident and had suffered neck and back pain since the original injury. The dizziness did not begin until the man’s early 20s. After trying other traditional approaches, the man was given several chiropractic adjustments in order to see if they could succeed where others had failed.
During the study, the man reported reduced dizziness after one adjustment. After two months, he had substantially less pain and dizziness, increase range of motion in his neck, and an overall improvement in quality of life. The man reported no negative side-effects from his chiropractic treatment and continual improvement after the study concluded. The results of this case study are promising as it shows that chiropractic can be a viable option in treating neck-related dizziness.
The results align with a previous study wherein chiropractic care combined with other treatments reduced patient dizziness by 80 percent overall. It is hoped that the positive results from this case study will lead to other wider research with more volunteers. Since cervical vertigo is so common among whiplash patients, it is hoped that chiropractic will continue to shine as a treatment option for this problem. Statistics show that up to 58 percent of people who sustain closed-head injuries or whiplash can experience late-onset dizziness, much like the man in the study. With this in mind, it is thought that chiropractic could also be used as a preventive measure to stop vertigo before it starts.
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