How To Relieve Neck Pain And Dizziness
This video is very detailed in describing the different ways to assess neck and back injuries. Assessment is such an important tool before you can determine how to effectively relieve neck pain and dizziness.
How to relieve neck pain and dizziness: Now firstly, if you have dizziness, we have to find out why you are dizzy. There can be quite a few reasons for that. A very common cause of dizziness is that you have a problem in your mid-ear.
If that is the case, as physical therapists, we can do vascular exercises to help you with that. Other causes of dizziness could be head injuries. Sports guys come in and, for example, racket players, that have a neck or a head injury or a collision on the field, or car crash, anything that is trauma involved, can cause concussion, can cause pressure on the brain, can cause dizziness.
Usually with these patients, they have accompanying neck pain as well. So whenever a patient comes in that has a trauma or some type of head injury and have dizziness and neck pain together, it's very important as a physical therapist to assess very well because what you get is the skull and the skull rests basically on the first vertebrae which rests on the second one and this is a very very very important area just because you got the nerve structures as well as the spinal cord coming through there. Now, if you have a little fracture in one of these or a ligament tear and you have an instability which means that you have more movement in the segment than you should, to try to manipulate or treat the neck, in those cases, can be detrimental and very dangerous.
Now if you assess that and the neck seems to be fine and stable, then we can treat that. Again, neck pain with dizziness with injuries, you have trauma in the neck, you'll have stiff joints, muscle spasms which we treat successfully. Another important thing with dizziness which we can't overlook is called VBI.
It means that if you look at these red structures here, these are the arteries that supply your brain with blood. Now if they are compromised in any way, usually on turning the head, the opposite side will tighten up and it's like a straw. When you're pushing the straw closed, which means there's not a lot of blood, you're actually cutting off the blood to the brain which will result in immediate dizziness.
Again, that's a condition that has to be investigated by a specialist and the contraindication as physical therapist as to treat is actually manipulate the neck. So when it gets to neck pain and dizziness, it's a bit more complicated than just normal neck pain. And these aspects, the instability of the first vertebrae, the arteries have to be re-investigated and assessed before we treat it.
So after assessment and we see that this area is stable, nothing moving that shouldn't and the arteries that supply the brain with blood are in good shape, then we can successfully treat the neck pain and the dizziness through mobilization, strengthening and vestibular exercises. And that's how to relieve neck pain and dizziness. .