Dizziness After a Car Accident

Some of our chiropractic patients report dizziness or vertigo after an auto injury. There are four major causes of this disorder after a crash.

The most prevalent cause of vertigo is due to neck damage - or what's called cervicogenic vertigo. Your spinal column comprises thousands of nerves referred to as proprioceptors, and these nerve fibers tell your brain the location of your body. Proprioceptors are how you can control your body in the dark or with your eyes closed, and are an important part of how your body maintains balance.

In the event that your neck is damaged, the proprioceptors can be disrupted, and this crucial information is no longer accessible to the postural control system of your brain, resulting in vertigo.

Cervicogenic dizziness normally resolves on its own with specific treatment of the injured neck tissues.

Yet another type of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. BPPV can be triggered by violent movement of your head, as you could very well suffer at the time of a car wreck. Your inner ear contains tiny calcium crystals called otoliths. As you move your head, these crystals move against nerve endings in your inner ear, telling your brain about the position of your head. During a violent motion of your head, these otoliths can essentially be jarred from their normal location to other areas of your inner ear. There, they send impulses to your brain that don't make sense, resulting in confusion in your postural control system, and dizziness.

People with BPPV often report vertigo that occurs when they move their head and neck in certain ways. Treatment of BPPV is done with a simple procedure called the Epley Maneuver, which positions your head to move the otoliths back to their normal position.

The third possible cause of vertigo after an auto injury is vascular injury. On occasion, the arteries of the neck are injured, causing disrupted blood flow to the brain. This type of injury is often felt as a pain in the back of the head that grows more intense over time, and it can be on either side of the head or in the middle. In some cases the pain is felt as aching, and other times it might feel like an increase in pressure or a throbbing sensation.

This is an extremely serious type of injury and it's essential to seek medical attention immediately if you have these signs or symptoms.

The fourth possible kind of dizziness is brain injury. If your head struck something at the time of the collision or if the wreck was very bad, you can suffer a mild traumatic brain injury. If you experienced a brain injury, you might suffer with fuzzy thinking, confusion, vertigo, or memory loss after the crash. It's important that you seek medical attention if you have these symptoms.

Chiropractic care is a proven, reliable way to help men and women with dizziness, and we've been helping these types of injuries in Schererville, Dyer, and Crown Point since 1991.

If you've been in a car wreck and have signs of back pain, Dr. Benko is here to help. We can help establish the underlying cause of your pain and formulate a plan of action to help you restore your health. We've helped many patients in Schererville, IN heal from these sorts of problems.

Call our office today at (219) 322-9999 for a consultation or for more information.