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Vertigo and Neck Problems 

 December 11, 2009

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Falls among the elderly are a major source of disability and even death. But most problematic for a person is the loss of independence. The problem is many people who fall develop a fear of falling. It doesn’t matter if one is hurt or not, the fear leads to self-imposed limitation of activity. As you can imagine, if one limits their activity, they will lose function. There is reduced mobility, decreased physical fitness, and weakness. All of this actually increases the risk of falls in the future (Vellas et al. 1997).

The CDC has a very informative page on their website that tells how serious the problem actually is and the outcomes of falls. They give some practical tips for prevention, but obviously chiropractic care it not one of them. This is a shame because of the success chiropractic has with helping vertigo or dizziness.

There has been scientific support that neck problems can cause dizziness for quite some time. There has also been literature (for some time) that demonstrates chiropractic can help with dizziness and vertigo.

For example: Mayer B, Rieden K, Mende U. Importance of the General Radiograph of the Cervical Spine in Vertigo and Pathologic Proprioceptive Cervical Nystagmus. Laryngol Rhinol Otol (Stuttg), 1985; 64(6):300-303

This is an old paper, but I like it because it actually mentions chiropractic type therapy. Dr. Kirk Eriksen D.C. comments in Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex (p284): This paper looked at possible correlations between vertigo and cervical alterations as evidenced on radiographs. The authors draw a correlation due to the frequent elimination of symptoms by chirotherapy.

So if you or someone you know has trouble with balance, dizziness, vertigo, or stability, consider a spinal origin. Especially consider upper cervical dysfunction.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.


Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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