Killeen Auto Injury Treatment: Dizziness/Vertigo

Some patients report dizziness or vertigo after a car crash. There are four major causes of this problem after a collision.

The most prevalent cause of vertigo is due to neck damage - or what's called cervicogenic vertigo. Your spinal column comprises countless numbers of nerves called 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.

When your neck is sprained, the proprioceptors can be disrupted, and this important information is no longer available to the postural control system of your brain, resulting in dizziness.

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

Another kind of dizziness is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. BPPV can be caused by violent movement of your head, as you could very well experience during the course 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, telling your brain about the position of your head. During a violent motion of your head, these otoliths can essentially be jarred from their normal location to other parts 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 often report dizziness that appears 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 an auto injury is vascular damage. Sometimes, the blood vessels of the neck are injured, causing altered blood flow to the brain. This type of injury is often felt as a pain in the back of the head that grows stronger over time, and it can be on either side of the head or in the middle. Sometimes the pain is felt as 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 very 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 accident or if the impact was severe, you can suffer a mild traumatic brain injury. If you experienced a brain injury, you might suffer with fuzzy thinking, confusion, vertigo, or memory loss after the collision. It's important that you seek medical attention if you currently have these symptoms.

Chiropractic care is a well-known, successful way to help men and women with dizziness, and we've been working with these types of injuries in Killeen, TX since 1998.

If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and have symptoms of back pain, Dr. Dorn is here to help. We can help pinpoint the root cause of your problem and formulate a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many patients in Killeen, TX heal from these sorts of problems.

Call our office today at (254) 690-7090 for a consultation or for more advice.