Vertigo is a common symptom which most of us might have experienced at some point of our lives. Cervical vertigo manifests itself with a feeling of spinning along with accompanying symptoms. Cervical vertigo is caused when the vestibular system is damaged, causing a shift in the balance and movement of the body. Most often triggered by injuries in the neck, surgery and wrong positioning of the head like a left turned head or a downward position.
Sometimes chiropractics too can be a cause for cervical vertigo as the spinal alignment is tampered with. Conditions like arthritis and leaking of cerebrospinal fluid too can cause Cervical vertigo. Discussed below are various symptoms associated with Cervical vertigo.
Cervical vertigo first appears with a headache, fatigue, extreme light sensitivity and muscle cramps. If these symptoms are persistently following you, do not hesitate to set an appointment with the doctor.
Feeling Of Dizziness
Dizziness is a very common symptom associated with Cervical vertigo. The extent of dizziness varies with different neck positions and the feeling can last for a few seconds and disturb you frequently all throughout. Dizziness could become worse when lying down, especially if the head and neck are in awkward positions while you sleep. You would feel as if someone is pulling you from side to side or jerking you to the ground. Accompanying symptoms could include a feeling of light headedness, nausea and loss of balance.
Pain In The Ears
Cervical vertigo may sometimes present itself with varying degrees of pain in the ear depending on what reason causes the vertigo. The most common causes that lead to pain are Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), when the deposits of calcium inside the ears shift position to a place close to the posterior semicircular canal. The corneal connective tissue inflammation too is another reason for cervical vertigo with pain in the ears. Another trigger for cervical vertigo is Meniere’s disease which causes pain inside the ears when there is fluctuation in pressure of the fluid inside the inner ear.
Severe headaches like migraines can be caused along with cervical vertigo. There will also be headaches that range from mild to severe with throbbing pain and some kind of pressure inside the head. The headache can be very frequent and disturbing for the person. Headaches can also be connected to tumours present in the head, trauma to the head, stroke and multiple sclerosis which will lead to cervical vertigo.
Treatment For Vertigo
There are several treatment options for cervical vertigo depending on the cause. For BPPV, a procedure known as canalith repositioning is done wherein the head is manoeuvred in such a way that the calcium deposits are shifted elsewhere in the inner part of the ear canal where it does not create any problem.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is the use of exercise, guided by a physical therapist which helps in preventing cervical vertigo. However, this method may not be effective on everyone as several factors like the age of the person and his overall health are involved. Cervical vertigo caused due to bacterial infections can be taken care of with antibiotics.