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What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is not just a simple case of dizziness, but rather a complex neurological condition that can cause everything from balance problems and coordination disorders to hearing loss, nausea, and even vomiting. Most of the time vertigo is temporary, but in some cases, the condition can last for weeks, months, or even years.
If you suffer from vertigo, it might be tempting to reach for prescription medication, but this is not necessarily the best course of action. Vertigo is a symptom, not a disease. In other words, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed at its source, otherwise, you’ll just end up treating the symptoms and never getting to the root of the problem.
Signs and Symptoms of Vertigo
The main symptom of vertigo is, of course, dizziness. The problem is that vertigo is not just dizziness. It’s a condition associated with a number of other symptoms, including balance problems, nausea, vomiting, hearing loss, and even tinnitus.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Effects Vertigo
The upper cervical spine is located at the base of the skull, in the area that connects your skull to your spine. The upper cervical spine also connects to the lower portion of the brainstem, which plays a prominent role in the function of the inner ear.
The inner ear is comprised of the cochlea, semicircular canals, and vestibular systems. These three systems work together to regulate balance, hearing, and equilibrium. If there is a misalignment in the upper cervical spine, the proper function of these systems can be disrupted by local inflammation, fluid build-up, and nerve compression. Left untreated, dysfunction in the inner ear will eventually lead to balance and coordination problems, such as vertigo.
How Our Vertigo Treatment Works
To get to the root of your vertigo, you need to deal with the underlying cause of the problem, which is usually a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. This is why a treatment plan that includes upper cervical chiropractic care is a smart alternative to more traditional methods of dealing with vertigo.
At our office, we use gentle upper cervical adjustments that are specifically tailored to your unique needs. To detect the precise location and angle of a misalignment, our expert chiropractor, Dr. Hoefer, will use a combination of digital X-rays and cone-beam computed tomography scans. Once the misalignment is located, Dr. Hoefer will perform a series of upper cervical chiropractic adjustments to the affected vertebra. The goal of these adjustments is to restore proper alignment in the upper cervical spine, reestablish proper function in the inner ear, and eliminate the source of your vertigo.
If you want a long-term solution for your vertigo, we can help! Dr. Hoefer services patients in Orange County, including Anaheim, Rancho Santa Margarita, Dana Point, San Clemente, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana.