Dizziness is often used as a blanket term that includes all sorts of sensations from vertigo to lightheadedness. Sometimes these symptoms can occur after a blow to the head and/or neck. This was the case recently for Cavs’ player Kevin Love, who was sidelined with an injury.
The player hit his head during the first half of play but stayed in the game until he became dizzy later on. At that point, he was diagnosed with a concussion and had to leave the court area as is stipulated by NBA protocols. Why do head injuries and dizziness go together sometimes?
The Connection Between the Head and the Neck
It doesn’t take much of a head injury to cause a neck misalignment. In fact, this is a common injury that goes along with concussions. The neck misalignment can cause other complications such as decreased flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid to the brain or even pressure on the brainstem. This, in turn, can result in dizziness and many other symptoms. Therefore, when a concussion is sustained, it is important to seek out a professional examination of the neck.
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How Neck Alignment Helps Dizziness
At Back in Balance, we use the NUCCA technique of upper cervical chiropractic to detect and correct misalignments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Once such a misalignment is corrected, the central nervous regains the ability to operate normally because fluid flow is restored and any pressure that was built up due to the injury can be gradually released. Some see immediate results while others see gradual results over time as the body has a chance to heal.
If you are experiencing dizziness following head or neck trauma, come in for a consultation to learn if upper cervical care can provide you with the help you need to experience a full recovery.
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