Neck and spine pain can produce any number of adverse symptoms that are unrelated to the back, per se, including leg pain, numbness and tingling of the extremities, and general discomfort. One of the more common yet misunderstood symptoms of neck and spine pain is dizziness, and especially vertigo, a type of dizziness characterized by the sensation of movement when in fact nothing is moving. Vertigo can manifest itself as the sensation that everything around a person is moving or that the person, himself or herself, is moving.
Vertigo is often caused by problems with the inner ear or with the brain; however, it can also be caused by problems with the spine. At Frisco Spine, we can diagnose and treat vertigo related to spinal conditions. As experts in spine pain and vertigo, our Frisco physicians offer a comprehensive range of non-surgical and surgical treatments designed to reduce pain and alleviate the dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms associated with vertigo. We begin by taking the most conservative approach to treatment that is likely to produce optimal results. If optimal results are not achieved, we cast our net progressively wider until the issue is resolved to our patient’s satisfaction.
If you are suffering from spine pain and vertigo, we urge you to make an appointment at Frisco Spine today.
The Connection between Spine Pain and Vertigo
The critical stage in determining the connection between spine pain and vertigo is the diagnostic stage. While this may seem self-evident, diagnosing the cause of spine pain when accompanied by vertigo can be a complex task. This is because vertigo may be a symptom of a spinal condition, or the spine pain and vertigo may be symptoms of another condition altogether, such as a stroke or brain hemorrhage.
Common spinal conditions that can result in vertigo include sciatica, whiplash, osteoarthritis, and back injuries in which the pain is so acute that it results in dizziness.
Cervical vertigo is a type of vertigo that results from an injury to the neck. The onset of symptoms generally occurs when the victim moves his or her neck, and the condition is notable for a complete absence of injury to the ear or hearing loss.
The most commonly accepted cause of cervical vertigo is compression of the arteries in the neck by the vertebrae. This can occur due to trauma or a sports injury, but also due to arthritis or failed surgery.
Of all types of vertigo associated with back pain, cervical vertigo is the rarest. It is also the most difficult to diagnose and treat. However, at Frisco Spine, our advanced diagnostic technology allows us to identify cases of cervical vertigo and provide the most effective treatment for this unusual condition, decompressing the vertebrae of the neck and restoring proper circulation to the brain.
Learn More about Spine Pain and Vertigo
If you would like to learn more about spine pain and vertigo, or you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians, please contact Frisco Spine today.