Dizziness & Vertigo after an Auto Accident
Dr. Banc helps people suffering from auto injuries in Stamford, CT and Westchester County, NY. Some patients report dizziness or vertigo after a car crash. There are four leading causes of this problem after a crash.
The most prevalent cause of dizziness is due to neck damage - or what's called cervicogenic dizziness. Your spinal column consists of thousands of nerves referred to 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.
In the event that your neck is sprained, the proprioceptors can be disrupted, and this crucial information is no longer accessible to the postural control system of your brain, resulting in vertigo.
Cervicogenic dizziness normally resolves on its own with proper treatment of the injured neck structures.
Yet another type of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. BPPV can be triggered by violent movement of your head, as you might 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 movement of your head, these otoliths can literally be jarred from their usual position to other areas of your inner ear. There, they send impulses to your brain that don't make sense, which results in confusion in your postural control system, and dizziness.
Patients with BPPV commonly report vertigo that occurs when they move their head and neck in certain ways. Treatment of BPPV is done 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 damage. Sometimes, 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 grows 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 essential to seek medical attention right away if you have these signs or symptoms.
The fourth potential kind of vertigo is brain injury. If your head hit something at the time of the accident or if the wreck 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 critical that you seek medical attention if you have any of these symptoms.
Chiropractic care is a proven, reliable way to help men and women with vertigo, and we've been working with these types of injuries in Stamford, CT since 1992.
If you have been in an auto collision and have symptoms of back pain, Dr. Banc is here to help. We can help establish the root source of your problem and develop a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many patients in Stamford, CT recover from these types of problems.
Call our office today at (203) 323-3002 for a consultation or for more advice.