Some patients report dizziness or vertigo after an auto collision. There are four major causes of this disorder after a wreck.

The most prevalent cause of vertigo is because of neck trauma - or what's called cervicogenic dizziness. Your spine consists of countless of nerves known as proprioceptors, and these nerve fibers tell your brain the position 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 hurt, the proprioceptors can be disrupted, and this crucial data is no longer available to the postural control system of your brain, resulting in vertigo.

Cervicogenic dizziness normally resolves itself with specific treatment of the damaged neck tissues.

Yet another type of dizziness is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. BPPV can be triggered by violent movement of your head, as you might suffer at the time of a car wreck. Your inner ear contains tiny calcium crystals called otoliths. As you move your head, these crystals move against nerve endings in your inner ear, sending information to your brain about the position of your head. During a violent movement of your head, these otoliths can actually be jarred from their typical location to other areas of your inner ear. There, they send signals to your brain that don't make sense, resulting in 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 vertigo after an auto injury is vascular damage. Occasionally, the blood vessels 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 stronger over time, and it can be on either side of the head or in the middle. Sometimes the pain feels dull, and other times it might feel like an increase in pressure or a throbbing sensation.

This is a very serious type of injury and it's important to seek medical attention right away if you have these symptoms.

The fourth potential kind of dizziness is brain injury. If your head struck something during the collision or if the crash was severe, you can suffer a mild traumatic brain injury. If you suffered a brain injury, you might experience fuzzy thinking, confusion, dizziness, or memory loss after the crash. It's critical that you seek medical attention if you currently have these symptoms.

Chiropractic is a proven, reliable way to help people with vertigo, and we've been working with these types of injuries in Athens, GA since 1978.

If you have been in a crash and have signs of back pain, Dr. Hitchcock is here to help. We can help identify the root cause of your pain and formulate a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many patients in Athens, GA improve from these sorts of problems.

Call our office today at (706) 353-8032 for an appointment or for more information.

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