Can my neck problems make me feel dizzy?
Cervicogenic dizziness is a form of dizziness that arises due to dysfunction in the cervical spine, your neck. While the exact cause isn’t fully understood, it is thought to be caused by poor communication from special sensory cells in the joints of your cervical spine to the brain. This can make it difficulty for your brain to perceive body movement and position sense.
What are the common symptoms of cervicogenic dizziness?
Many people with cervicogenic dizziness have difficulty describing their symptoms. However most patients complain of:
- ringing in the ears and ear fullness
- jaw pain or dysfunction
- neck pain, stiffness or history of injury
Can physical therapy help cervicogenic dizziness?
ABSOLUTELY! Physical therapists are specially trained in evaluating the cervical spine for dysfunction and treat any musculoskeletal problems that are identified. Research shows combining this type of therapy with vestibular therapy to address symptoms of dizziness is the most effective treatment!
If you are experiencing dizziness or are concerned your neck pain or stiffness may be causing you to feel unsteady, call us for a physical therapy evaluation today!