Dizziness After Car Accidents
Some patients report dizziness or vertigo after an auto injury. There are four leading causes of this problem after a crash.
The most widespread cause of dizziness is due to neck trauma - or what's called cervicogenic vertigo. Your spinal column contains tens of thousands of nerves referred to as proprioceptors, and these nerves 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.
When your neck is damaged, the proprioceptors can be disrupted, and this crucial information is no longer available to the postural control system of your brain, resulting in vertigo.
Cervicogenic dizziness usually resolves on its own with proper treatment of the injured neck structures.
Another type of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. BPPV can be triggered by violent movement of your head, as you could very well experience during 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, informing your brain about the position of your head. During a violent motion of your head, these otoliths can essentially 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, causing confusion in your postural control system, and dizziness.
People with BPPV frequently report dizziness that appears 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 an auto collision is vascular injury. On occasion, the blood vessels of the neck are injured, causing disrupted blood flow to the brain. This type of injury is often felt as a pain in the back of the head that becomes more intense over time, and it can be on either side of the head or in the center. Occasionally the pain feels dull, and other times it might feel like an increase in pressure or a throbbing sensation.
This is an extremely serious type of injury and it's important to seek medical attention quickly if you have these symptoms.
The fourth potential kind of vertigo is brain injury. If your head hit something at the time of the collision or if the crash was severe, you can suffer a mild traumatic brain injury. If you experienced 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 have any of these symptoms.
Chiropractic is a proven, successful way to help men and women with dizziness, and we've been helping these types of injuries in Selden, NY since 1983.
If you've been in a car wreck and have symptoms of back pain, Dr. BenEliyahu is here to help. We can help identify the root cause of your problem and formulate a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many people in Selden, NY recover from these types of problems.
Call our office today at (631) 736-4414 for a consultation or for more information.