Do you have Neck Pain with Dizziness?Pragya Raiwal
Sometimes Neck Pain accompanies with headache and dizziness, this is also known as cervicogenic vertigo because of the symptoms like dizziness that arise from the cervical spine.
Vertigo is the feeling of rotation of self or spinning of the world without any movement. There are two reasons for cervicogenic Vertigo:-
- First is arteries in the neck can be compressed by vertebra due to whiplash injury, sports injury, and degenerative changes in the neck.
- Second is due to neck pain or tension in neck movement which might alter the neck receptor activity to input information to the brain and this will affect postural orientation and cause vertigo.
Physiotherapy will provide early screening and proper treatment to minimize the effect of vertigo. A physiotherapist will develop personalized exercise protocol for vertigo including home exercise program. Physiotherapy consultation and advice on daily life activities will improve confidence and quality of life.
Symptoms of Cervicogenic Vertigo
- The restricted cervical range of motion.
- Cervical pain
- Difficulty in sleep due to neck pain
- Pain radiates in shoulder and scapular region.
Following are the ways to manage Cervicogenic Vertigo
- Treat your Neck Pain first: With proper guidance of physical therapist, you can manage your neck pain
- A Physiotherapist with experience will perform various manual techniques to reduce the symptoms of vertigo (e.g. Mulligan SNAGs or Maitland mobilization of the neck).
- Vertigo Rehabilitation Training: it can be done by the only trained physiotherapist.
- Hot and cold pack therapy
- Massage on neck: this will help to reduce stress on neck muscle and reduce the pain.
- Regular stretching of neck muscle will reduce the stiffness of the neck.
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