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Posted on 04-01-2016

Common Dizziness and Vertigo Symptoms After a Car Crash

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The four major causes of dizziness and vertigo are:

Cervicogenic Dizziness

Vertigo is common occurrence following neck damage or cervicogenic dizziness, which occurs due to the disruption that car accidents cause to proprioceptors. Without the functioning and rightly positioned proprioceptors, the body has no way of knowing its location. If proprioceptors are unable to function properly, you will have a difficult time trying to find your way in darkness or moving around with your eyes closed. Without the properly positioned proprioceptors, your body will have no way of maintaining its balance.


BPPV refers to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, a type of vertigo. The violent and abrupt movement of the head, which is common during car accidents, causes BPPV. That sudden and violent movement of the head disrupts otoliths, which refers to tiny calcium crystals found in the inner ear. Your body needs the otoliths to inform the brain about the position of the head.  In their new location, otoliths are unable to provide sensible and clear messages to the brain, thus confusing postural control system and causing dizziness.

People with BPPV complain of vertigo when moving their heads and necks in specific directions. Epley Maneuver, which involves positioning the head properly, thus enabling otoliths to return to their regular position, is one of the most effective treatments for BPPV. 

Vascular Damage

Vascular damage is one of the causes of vertigo after a car accident. The injuries that the neck’s blood vessels suffer limit the flow of blood to the brain. You are likely to feel this type of pain in the back of your head where it will become stronger with each passing moment. You may also experience the pain in the middle or either side of your head. In many instances, the pain would feel like an ache while other times it could mimic a throbbing sensation or pressure.

Vertigo and vascular damage are serious injuries, which require medical attention quickly.

Brain Injury

Brain injury is a type of dizziness. If the head strikes a blunt object during a collision, thus creating a severe impact, a mild but traumatic brain injury could arise. Symptoms of crash-related brain injuries include confusion, dizziness, fuzzy thoughts, and memory loss. If you notice these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

woman suffering from neck pain

Treatment for dizziness or vertigo

The effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments in treating dizziness and vertigo is not in doubt. Patients in Tulsa, OK, can testify about the effectiveness of chiropractic in treating car accident injuries.

Contact Dr. Robert Peace of Peace Chiropractic in Tulsa, OK, if you have just been involved in a car accident and are in need of treatment. Not only will we be able to single out the cause of the pain, but also will come up with a plan that restores your health.

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