Some patients report dizziness or vertigo after an auto injury. There are four leading causes of this disorder after a wreck.
The most frequent cause of dizziness is due to neck injury - or what's called cervicogenic vertigo. Your spine comprises countless numbers of nerves known as proprioceptors, and these nerve fibers tell your brain the location of your body. Proprioceptors are how you can control your body in the dark or with your eyes closed, and are an important part of how your body maintains balance.
If your neck is sprained, the proprioceptors can be disrupted, and this important data is no longer supplied to the postural control system of your brain, resulting in dizziness.
Cervicogenic dizziness usually resolves itself with specific treatment of the damaged neck tissues.
Yet another kind of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. BPPV can be triggered by violent movement of your head, as you might encounter at the time of a car collision. Your inner ear contains tiny calcium crystals called otoliths. As you move your head, these crystals move against nerve endings in your inner ear, informing your brain about the position of your head. During a violent movement of your head, these otoliths can essentially be jarred from their normal position to other parts of your inner ear. There, they send signals to your brain that don't make sense, which causes confusion in your postural control system, and dizziness.
People with BPPV frequently report vertigo that occurs when they move their head and neck in certain ways. Treatment of BPPV is accomplished with a simple procedure called the Epley Maneuver, which positions your head to move the otoliths back to their normal position.
The third possible cause of dizziness after a car crash is vascular injury. On occasion, the arteries of the neck are damaged, causing restricted blood flow to the brain. This type of injury is often felt as a pain in the back of the head that becomes more intense over time, and it can be either on the side of the head or in the center. Sometimes the pain feels dull, and other times it might feel like an increase in pressure or a throbbing sensation.
This is an extremely serious type of injury and it's important to seek medical attention immediately if you have these signs or symptoms.
The fourth potential kind of dizziness is brain injury. If your head hit something at the time of the collision or if the collision was severe, you can suffer a mild traumatic brain injury. If you experienced a brain injury, you might experience fuzzy thinking, confusion, vertigo, or memory loss after the crash. It's important that you seek medical attention if you currently have these symptoms.
Chiropractic is a tried and tested, successful way to help people with vertigo, and we've been working with these types of injuries in Loveland, OH since 2012.
If you've been in a motor vehicle accident and have symptoms of back pain, Dr. Kauffman is here to help. We can help pinpoint the root cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many patients in Loveland, OH heal from these types of injuries.
Call our office today at (513) 444-4529 for an appointment or for more information.