Five Conditions that Can Lead to Vertigo Attacks

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Vertigo is probably one of those sensations you would want to avoid. However, it is worth noting that vertigo is a symptom of an underlying condition or illness. Seeking upper cervical care in Howard Beach can ease the accompanying symptoms of vertigo and provide long-term care. You probably wonder what these conditions are, so we listed them below to help you become more familiar with them and their symptoms.

#1. Meniere's Disease

Vertigo attacks that stem from Meniere's disease can be disabling. This disease primarily affects the inner ear and causes sudden vertigo attacks accompanied by abnormal pressure build-up in the ear, nausea, and vomiting. People with Meniere's Disease also experience a loud and irritating ringing sensation in the ear (tinnitus) and fluctuating hearing loss.

Notably, this disease can happen to anyone regardless of age. But, it often afflicts young and middle-aged adults. Albeit a chronic condition, there are various options for long-term care. One of which is upper cervical care in Howard Beach – a decades-old technique designed to keep your symptoms at bay and address the adverse effects of postural imbalances.

Upper cervical chiropractic can help realign the bones and joints in your upper cervical spine to release the tension in the craniofacial region and improve fluid drainage from the inner ear.

#2. Vestibular Migraine

Vestibular migraine is a neurological problem that sets off chronic dizziness and loss of balance before, during, or after an episode. Notably, it doesn't trigger headaches, unlike usual migraine attacks. Instead, it affects the vestibular organs, which play a pivotal role in maintaining balance and detect movements. Apart from dizziness and vertigo attacks, you may also notice additional symptoms like nausea, vomiting, unsteady gait, and heightened motion sensitivity.

It is important to note that you could experience symptoms without having a migraine at all. There might also be times when vertigo episodes follow a migraine headache or vice versa.

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#3. Vestibular Neuronitis

Your first vertigo attack will likely be severe and last for seven to 10 days when you have this condition. Alternatively, you might experience additional yet milder vertigo attacks several weeks after healing from vestibular neuronitis.  

Essentially, vestibular neuronitis is an inner ear infection that affects the eighth cranial nerve. This specific is instrumental in controlling your sense of balance. When it becomes swollen or irritated, severe vertigo may follow along with nausea, nystagmus or uncontrollable movement of the eyes, and vomiting. However, unlike Meniere’s, this specific vestibular disorder doesn’t cause auditory-related problems like tinnitus and hearing issues.

#4. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

BPPV is an inner ear disorder best-known for affecting about 20 percent of reported vertigo cases in the USA. On top of that, BPPV also happens to be one of the top reasons people consider upper cervical care for vertigo relief. 

But what exactly does BPPV mean, and how can it affect patients? The answer lies in the terms used to describe this condition – benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Here’s a closer look at each word:

  • Benign refers to something that is NOT life-threatening
  • Paroxysmal describes the characteristics of a typical BPPV attack – intermittent and comes and goes without a warning 
  • Positional means that vertigo attacks happen due to specific movements or positions of your head.
  • Vertigo refers to the disorienting false sense of motion that you experience when you suddenly tilt your head or switch from one position to another.

Studies explain that BPPV mostly happens when the calcium crystals called otoconia in the inner ear move to places where they should not be (usually in fluid-filled canals). Notably, when displaced crystal particles float or migrate into the wrong part of the ear, your brain detects a false sense of movement. 

If you have this vestibular disorder, opting for upper cervical care in Howard Beach can help you lessen the impact of your episodes. This procedure can also provide a safe and gentle way to correct spinal misalignments contributing to your vertigo-related problems. 

#5. Labyrinthitis

Bacterial infections of the inner ear often cause vertigo attacks and a loss of balance. Bacteria can enter the inner ear due to a common middle ear infection (otitis media). It can also manifest as a complication of a perforated eardrum. 

Common labyrinthitis symptoms can start suddenly and may worsen as the day goes on. It can trigger vertigo or dizziness, affecting your ability to stand upright or walk straight. After the infection clears, you may feel slight relief from the symptoms. However, it can take up to six weeks (or more) to fully get better.


How can Upper Cervical Care in Howard Beach Help?

Upper cervical chiropractic care uses natural techniques to address vertigo. Essentially, it focuses on detecting and correcting possible misalignments in the two topmost bones of your upper cervical spine. It is a non-invasive procedure generally safe for adults and children alike. Additionally, this natural vertigo remedy aims to relieve pressure on the nervous system due to the awkward placement or orientation of the C1 and C2 bones. 

Here are some reasons why it works so well in providing vertigo relief, regardless of the trigger:

  • Addressing cervical subluxation helps you negate adverse side effects like impaired fluid drainage in the eustachian tubes.
  • Adjusting the bones also removes undue mechanical pressure on the brainstem – a CNS organ that contributes to maintaining balance and facilitates several physiological functions.
  • Improving blood and CSF flow into the brain and other parts of the nervous system.
  • Correcting gait discrepancies that might affect how you walk or run. 

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