Disequilibrium and vertigo are two different conditions that are both often referred to as dizziness. However, these specific conditions are different symptoms, and knowing the difference can help you to provide a better list of symptoms for a health practitioner. Let’s take a closer look at what disequilibrium is.
Disequilibrium and Vertigo Defined
Disequilibrium means that a person is off balance and may not be able to walk without assistance to help maintain balance. It also refers to the sudden feeling that one is about to fall. Sometimes the ground may seem to be tilting or coming up toward the person. At other times a person may feel like he is floating above the ground.
Vertigo is the sensation that movement is present where it is not, such as the feeling that the room is spinning. It can also refer to an inaccurate interpretation of movement, such as when a person is moving forward but feels like he is moving backward.
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How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Help
Disequilibrium and other forms of dizziness often arise after a head or neck injury occurs. Upper cervical misalignments have been tied to head injuries by numerous studies. When a concussion occurs, for example, it is very likely that the neck comes out of alignment at the same time because of the proximity between the skull and the vertebrae. A whiplash injury can also easily cause this type of misalignment.
As a result, if you are experiencing disequilibrium, or any other form of dizziness, following a head or neck injury, you should seek out an upper cervical examination. This can help you to know if the injury has caused a misalignment. If so, correcting the misalignment may be your first step on the road to recovery. Even if the injury happened a number of years ago, it may not be too late to resolve some of the symptoms that have lingered, so don’t give up hope.
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