Cervical vertigo may be caused by minor traumas such as whiplash resulting caused by a minor car crash (via Spine Universe). It could also be a reaction to an injury that is severe, such as an injury to the brain (TBI). Poor posture and arthritis can be a trigger for cervical vertigo. WebMD states that it could be due to herniated disks or inflammation, or excessively high muscles tone. Whatever the reason, the symptoms can not manifest for months , or even years following an injury.
The cervical spine is comprised of the top seven vertebrae in the spine’s total of 24 vertebrae. Nerves transmit messages between the brain and the body via the spinal cord. If the muscles surrounding the cervical spine are injured or inflamed and the nerves around it are affected. Healthline reports that this may cause balance issues and dizziness as well as headaches, earringing nausea, neck pain and difficulty focus.
WebMD suggests massaging the affected areas in particular in the neck, at the base of skull and the pectoral muscles. Eye movement therapies, such as vestibular therapy neck movements, eye movement as well as walking exercises and balance exercises may help reduce symptoms of vertigo cervical. If nothing else works, Healthline says muscle relaxers and painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen, or dizziness medications can provide relief.
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