Do you suffer from Dizziness? There are many different causes of dizziness, some of which your Physiotherapist can help you with. Today we will cover Cervicogenic Dizziness.
Cervicogenic Dizziness is a sensation of dizziness referred from a source in the neck. The main causes of this type of dizziness are trauma to, whiplash of or arthritic changes in the neck.
There are strong connections between the nerves in the neck and the neck receptors which play a role in hand-eye coordination & the control of balance and posture. With strong connections between the neck receptors and balance function, it is understandable that injury to the neck may be associated with a sense of dizziness.
People with Cervicogenic Dizziness complain of dizziness that is worse during head movements or after maintaining one head position for a long time. The dizziness usually occurs with neck pain and may be accompanied by a headache. Often the dizziness will decrease if the neck pain decreases. The symptoms of dizziness can last minutes to hours. People with Cervicogenic Dizziness may also complain of a feeling of general imbalance that may increase with head movements and with movement in the environment.
Your Physiotherapist is well trained in the assessment of neck pain and dizziness. During their assessment, they will try to find the specific joint or muscle dysfunction which is the cause of your dizziness. The assessment may also check your balance, control of your head and neck position, and control of your eyes when following objects.
Once you are diagnosed with Cervicogenic Dizziness, Physiotherapy treatment may include advice, massage, joint mobilisation, stretches pain relief, exercises to strengthen your neck and shoulder muscles, balance training and eye control training.
Cervicogenic Dizziness is only one of many causes of dizziness and your Physiotherapy is well equipped to help relieve your symptoms.
If you think you have Cervicogenic Dizziness or would like a Physiotherapist to determine the cause of your dizziness, please contact us on (02) 4647 3373.