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Hole in One Vertigo Treatment

Vertigo is a condition that affects many across the US whether it be the average American or international golf star. The statistics on vertigo show that Vertigo happens in 5-10% of people and jumps to 40% if older than 401 and Vertigo accounts for 2.5% of all emergency room visits from 1995-2004.2

There is no known singular cause of Vertigo; however it is known what parts of the body are affected. There is a system in the body which regulates orientation and balance known as the Vestibular System.3 This is a small part of the Central Nervous System (CNS) which is composed of the brain and spinal cord. The middle ear contains fluid and crystals that communicate to the CNS and brain which can get distorted causing Vertigo symptoms.

Vertigo recently headlined the golf circuit at the U.S. Open. Australian golfer Jason Day collapsed during day 2 of the tournament with a bout of Vertigo. This is not the first time that Day has had the condition as he has been battling Vertigo since 2010 with limited success.4 While having vertigo symptoms Day still managed to put up an impressive score of 6 under 66, only one stroke away from the leader. Day is currently taking medication in an effort to maintain his performance while competing.

Many patients struggling with Vertigo are just trying to make it through the week with out symptoms let alone be a top contender on the professional golf scene. Dr. Dan Spinato, is helping patients get natural relief from vertigo in San Diego California. Dr Spinato is a NUCCA Upper Cervical Chiropractor that focuses on the Atlas Bone (C1 vertebra). The Atlas bone can have a profound effect on balance issues if it is misaligned as it is connected to the Eustachian tube in the ear. In a clinical study of 60 patients with Vertigo receiving Upper Cervical Chiropractic care 48 patients had total resolution of symptoms and the remaining 12 patients had reductions in the severity of vertigo symptoms.5

When the Atlas is out of its normal position it can distort the normal function of the ear as it relates to balance. Once the Atlas is restored the communication between the inner ear, brain, and body, vertigo symptoms often resolve naturally in time.

References:

  1. Friedman M, Hamid MA, Samy HM.. Dizziness, Vertigo, and Imbalance.. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2149881-overview (accessed 29 May 2015).
  2. Kerber KA, Meurer WJ, West BT, Fendrick AM. Dizziness presentations in U.S. emergency departments, 1995-2004. Acad Emerg Med. Aug 2008;15(8):744-50.
  3. Voron, Stephen. "The Vestibular System". University of Utah School of Medicine.
  4. Busbee J. Jason Day's vertigo update: 'I'm not thinking about falling over on my face again'. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/golf-devil-ball-golf/jason-day-s-vertigo-update---i-m-not-thinking-about-falling-over-on-my-face-again-164446234.html (accessed 17 June 2015).
  5. Elster E. Sixty patients with chronic vertigo undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care to correct vertebral subluxation: a retrospective analysis. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Nov. 8, 2006:1-9.
 

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Overcoming Vertigo in San Diego

Two Types of Vertigo

Do you ever stand still and wonder why everything else around you is moving? You might be experiencing a sensation called Vertigo. An example of this is what happens when you spun around when you were a kid and got dizzy. That's self-induced vertigo, but there are episodes of this disorder that occur because of serious internal problems.

Causes of Vertigo

If you suffer from this disorder, it's either peripheral or central. If the cause is in your brain or spine, then it's central. But if the cause is in your inner ear or the nerves that go to the inner ear, then it's peripheral.

Of course, you can't just experience an episode and then know whether it's one type or the other. That's why we'll give you a list of questions to answer that will help you know more about the Vertigo you suffer from.

·      Have you ever had a head injury?

·      Have you ever had a stroke?

·      Are you a smoker?

·      Do you drink alcohol?

·      Do you have a tumor?

·      Do you suffer from Basiler Artery Migraines?

·      Do you take blood pressure or anti-seizure medicine?

·      Do you suffer from Basiler Artery Migraines?

·      Do you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or Diabetes?

·      Do you have Multiple Sclerosis?

·      Do you take antidepressants or aspirin?

 

The Upper Cervical Solution

Did you answer yes to any of those questions? If you did, and you suffer from Vertigo, there is a very good chance your episodes are due to a problem with your inner ear. You should note that even if you can answer yes to any of the above, there still may not be a correlation with your inner ear.

Though, there is a way you can find out for certain whether you suffer from central or peripheral Vertigo. It will mean entrusting your health into the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, but they can determine the cause of your condition for certain.

When they examine you, they can check for any misalignments in your upper neck vertebrae that may effect the brain and nerves that travel to the inner ear. A misalignment in the top two vertebrae of your spine isn't that easily detectable without a three-dimensional X-ray, but an upper cervical chiropractor has the knowledge and equipment to make that determination for you. They will then make any necessary adjustments to your upper neck vertebrae, so as to correct any misalignments, thus allowing your body to heal itself. 

 

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Controlling Inflammation and Controlling Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s Disease is a debilitating condition that affects balance, hearing and vision similar to being seasick. According to Dr Lewis Romett 200 people for every 100,000 are affected by the disease usually starting at the age of 40 years old.1 The affected system of the body is the Vestibular system (part of the Central Nervous System) and the inner ear. There is no known cause but some evidence suggests that it may be caused by an injury to the head or neck.

Meniere’s Disease is a difficult disease to properly diagnose and treat due to the overlap of symptoms such as migraine headaches and vertigo, which makes it a challenge for doctors everywhere. The treatment options are quite limited as there is no FDA approved drug for Meniere’s and many of the other options are not reproducible from one person to the next. The latest link to the disease is inflammation that takes place in the fluid of the inner ear which is responsible for balance and coordination. 

Meniere’s Disease Treatment Options

An experimental drug is being tested, a steroid that is injected into the ear itself in hopes of reducing and removing inflammation. Some positive outcomes have been achieved but only lasting weeks at best, not correcting the cause long term. Here in San Diego, CA most people want a natural treatment for Menieres Disease that is noninvasive, Dr Dan Spinato is helping those people regain their health and lives.

Dr Spinato is one of few doctors that practice an advanced method, Upper Cervical Chiropractic. This procedure focuses on the proper alignment of the first bone in the neck known as the Atlas (C1 vertebra) for proper nervous system function. The muscles that attach to the Atlas can affect the ears ability to proper drain the fluid that establishes balance, when the atlas is misaligned.2 By precisely correcting the Atlas to its proper and normal position, it has been proven to help Meniere’s Disease patients naturally with Upper Cervical Chiropractic.3

If you are suffering from Meniere’s Disease in San Diego consult Dr Spinato for a consultation and his expert opinion.

References:
1. Earls S. Colorado Springs drug study could help Meniere’sDisease sufferers. http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-drug-study-could-help-menieres-disease-sufferers/article/1545298 (accessed 17 April 2015).

2. Murphy D & Gay, C (2011). Manual therapy and ear pain: a report of four cases. J Can Chirop Assoc; 55(1):40-46.

3. Burcon MT. Upper cervical specific protocol and results for 139 patients with medically diagnosed meniere’s disease. , J Vertebral Subluxation Res November 14, 2010:1-10.

 

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Vertigo Emergency Room Visits Cost $4 Billion per Year

Dizziness Is Expensive

According to Dr. Ali S. Saber Tehrani and colleagues, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, emergency department costs for patients presenting with dizziness or vertigo are considerable, accounting for about $4 billion per year (about 4 percent of total emergency department costs), the study was published in the July issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.

The researchers found there were 3.9 million U.S. emergency department visits for dizziness or vertigo in 2011. A majority of the money is spent on diagnostic testing. There are many different causes of vertigo or dizziness. Medical doctors will use over 50 different medications in an attempt to control dizziness or vertigo.

But many people are unaware of a common cause of dizziness or vertigo.

Whiplash Injuries and Vertigo

Following a whiplash injury, such as those common during a motor vehicle accident, as much as 25 to 50% of people will experience dizziness or vertigo. Many times this dizziness will subside after a few days, but other times it will linger for weeks, months or even years.

Whiplash clinically is similar to post concussion syndrome, but with the addition of neck complaints. Long term studies show that aches and pains may persist in 20 to 45% of patients with significant whiplash. Degenerative problems develop after injury in about 40% of patients. They are more common in persons with more severe collisions.

Upper Cervical, Whiplash and Vertigo

When vertigo symptoms persist, it is important to thoroughly evaluate the neck. Following any head or neck trauma there will be a tearing loose of the connective tissue that holds the spine in place. This will lead to a weakness that will allow the spine to breakdown and lock into a stressed position. This misalignment pattern frequently develops as the heavy head is slightly misaligned from the upper neck bones.

As little as three quarters of a degree is enough to alter the position of the head and force the brain to adapt the spinal posture in order to keep the eyes and ears level with the horizon. This is known as the righting reflex within the brain.

Once this upper neck misalignment has occurred and posture has changed, blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain begins to be altered as well.

These upper neck misalignments can only be corrected by someone trained in specialized upper cervical chiropractic procedures.

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Natural Vertigo Relief

When you are not moving, but it feels like everything else around you is moving, you might be experiencing a temporary sensation called vertigo. When you were a kid, if you ever spun around, in order to get dizzy, that was self-induced vertigo.

What causes Vertigo?

Well, it depends on whether it's peripheral and central. If it's central, the cause is in your brain or spine. If it's peripheral, the problem can be in your inner ear or the nerves that supply the inner ear. That doesn't tell you much. Well, if you can answer yes to one of these questions, then you will have a better understanding of your vertigo.

  • Have you ever had a head injury?
  • Have you ever had a stroke?
  • Do you have Multiple Sclerosis?
  • Do you have a tumor?
  • Do you suffer from Basiler Artery Migraines?
  • Do you take anti-seizure or blood pressure medication?
  • Do you take antidepressants or aspirin?
  • Do you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or Diabetes?
  • Are you a smoker?
  • Do you drink alcohol?

If you suffer from vertigo, and you can answer yes to any of the above, your condition is likely due to problems with your inner ear or the nerves that go into your inner ear. Though, two important things to note here are just because you experience these dizzy spells and can answer yes to any of the above, does not mean there is a correlation.

So, while quitting smoking, drinking, or certain medications may alleviate your dizzy episodes, quitting those things will not stop the cause. That's why it is essential to seek out the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, who can determine whether your vertigo is central or peripheral and how best to proceed going forward.

Head and neck injuries that affect the brain and also the nerves that supply the inner ear have been linked to misalignments of the upper neck. Misalignments of the upper neck can be very difficult to correct and less they are thoroughly evaluated by three-dimensional x-rays. Upper cervical chiropractors routinely perform these types of examinations when determining how best to help someone that is struggling with vertigo.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Spinato call (858) 484-0444 or just click the button below.

 

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Upper Cervical and Vertigo

Upper Cervical is an upper cervical chiropractic approach that provides a natural, non-invasive answer for a number of health issues, including migraines, back and neck pain, ear aches in children and more. One little known fact is that Upper Cervical also helps those suffering with vertigo.

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo presents with dizziness, the feeling that everything around the afflicted is spinning. While vertigo is typically a symptom of inner ear infections, it has also been linked to vision problems. It’s difficult to establish the exact causes of vertigo, however studies are showing that upper cervical problems can be an underlying cause for some forms of vertigo, including cervicogenic vertigo, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Meniere’s disease and Disembarkment Syndrome. Symptoms of vertigo are generally intermittent, however, can be extremely incapacitating and can last anywhere from 15 minutes to a number of hours. During an episode, besides a feeling of dizziness and the spinning sensation, the patient can feel extremely sleepy. All of the vertigo symptoms can make it difficult for the individual to walk because of the spinning and dizziness, and also makes it hard to go to work or carry out regular day to day activities.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic - Upper Cervical Care

The upper cervical region of the spine pertains to the two vertebrae found at the top of the spine, underneath the head and it's responsible for the flexibility and rotation of the neck and head. Similar to the rest of the spine, this area is vulnerable to injury. In many cases, patients are able to recall a specific injury like a car accident or other head injury that took place before they experienced symptoms. In other cases, sufferers aren't able to pinpoint the injury that led to their vertigo problems. As a matter of fact, it can take months for the signs of vertigo to show up after an injury.

 

Because there's a large number of important nerves transmitted through the upper cervical spine area, traveling to and from the brain, an injury to this area, even simple stresses, can cause a number of problems in other parts of the body; this is where the connection between Upper Cervical and vertigo presents itself. If the vertebrae are forced out of alignment, even marginally, vertigo can develop. Upper Cervical care entails correcting the injured cervical vertebrae's positioning, thereby realigning the vertebrae, which can eliminate, or at the very least, reduce the symptoms of several types of vertigo.

If you're tired of feeling dizzy, off balance and like you're living in a fog, Upper Cervical may just be the answer to your problems. A lot of primary care physicians believe that vertigo is primarily caused by neck or ear issues, however they typically don't know how to treat it except to prescribe prescription medications. Upper Cervical provides a safe, gentle, natural vertigo approach that's proven to help vertigo problems that are related to upper cervical misalignment and are well worth considering.

 

Dr. Dan Spinato of the San Diego Integrative Spine Center in San Diego, California is a Rancho Penasquitos Chiropractor and an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Over the past 30 years, Dr. Spinato has helped many people find natural relief in San Diego, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley, Poway, Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, allergy and sinus problems and temporomandibular joint disorders. More information can be found on his website at http://www.powaychiropractor.net/

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Understanding Vertigo and it Causes

Vertigo is one of those conditions you can't ignore. It may only last for a few moments or it might be recurring condition. So, what is it? It is the sensation that a room is spinning even when there is no movement. This happens due to a dysfunction in the Vestibular system, which is part of the inner ear, and allows us to maintain our balance and recognize spatial orientation. Now that you know what it is, it is important to know what causes it.

Vertigo Inducing Conditions

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo – This is the most common cause of Vertigo and is a sudden spinning sensation. It can be triggered by sudden movements of the head and neck. It can be the result of a fall, car accident, other collision, or just standing up too quickly.

Meniere's Disease – This is a disorder of the inner ear that leads to hearing loss, Tinnitus, sometimes causes pressure in one of your ears, and can occur at any age but most often occurs in people in their 40's or 50's.

Vestibular Neuronitis – This is an inflammation of the inner ear, or the Vestibular Nerve, that causes this nerve to send incorrect signals to the brain that the body is moving. It may also lead to hearing loss or a ringing in your ear, and can be triggered by something as common as a cold or a flu.

Labrynthitis – This is an irritation and swelling of the inner ear and can lead to hearing loss. It is usually caused by a virus or bacteria that can be triggered by a cold, flu allergies, respiratory infection, and various other conditions.

When people think of Vertigo, they may think of a chronic condition that only effects a small percentage of people. The truth is it can affect anyone at any age. Sometimes it only comes because of standing up to quickly or because of a collision and only lasts for a few minutes or hours. But for some people it can become a chronic condition caused by one of the above conditions due to an upper cervical injury. For those who suffer from recurring and often more intense episodes, it is important for them not to accept it as part of their lives but to seek proper Upper Cervical care.

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Dr. Dan Spinato of the San Diego Integrative Spine Center in San Diego, California is a Rancho Penasquitos Chiropractor and an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Over the past 30 years, Dr. Spinato has helped many people find natural relief in San Diego, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley, Poway, Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, allergy and sinus problems and temporomandibular joint disorders. More information can be found on his website at http://www.powaychiropractor.net.

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