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Causes of Unexplained Dizziness

By Randi Morse 

Have you ever switched from a sitting to a standing position, only to be overwhelmed by a feeling of dizziness? Being dizzy can truly tilt your world. I get extremely frustrated whenever I've had to go to a doctor and explain my dizziness. "Are you spinning, or is the room spinning," they ask. How are you supposed to tell the difference? It's difficult to deal with dizziness because it's a hard thing to diagnose. There are a number of things that can cause you to feel dizzy, but people often assume that dizziness originates from an inner ear problem.  


Whiplash is a prime candidate when you have dizziness as a symptom. Whiplash is the name we use when the neck is violently whipped back and forth. There are many things that can cause whiplash beyond automobile accidents. If you have recently been in a situation where your head has been quickly snapped forward and then back again, there's a possibility that you may be dealing with a concussion. Concussions can be extremely serious and if you believe you've experienced whiplash you should be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible. 

Spine Causing Dizziness 

Another condition that can cause dizziness is vertebrobasilar insufficiency (VBI). If one of the arteries in your spine gets compressed and the blood flow to your inner ear and brain are dramatically decreased, this is called VBI. VBI can easily be a cause of dizziness. One specific type of VBI is called Bow Hunter's syndrome. When a person is hunting with a bow they have to tilt their head to the side. With Bow Hunter's syndrome, any time the head is tilted to the side, as you would if you were bow hunting, the patient feels dizzy.  

Should I See a Doctor? 

Whenever you feel concerned about your health, it is always a good idea to seek the expertise of a medical professional. This is especially true if you can't explain why you are dizzy and the dizziness either recurs regularly or lasts for a long time. If you have had an appointment with a physician and are still experiencing dizziness, a chiropractor may be able to help. Sometimes, when the spine is not aligned correctly, it can cause several different symptoms. One of those symptoms is dizziness. A chiropractor will be able to examine your body and, if they find that anything needs adjusting, will be able to do so. 

Dizziness as a symptom is never something to play around with, so if you're concerned with the dizziness you're feeling, make sure you ask for help. Drop in at The Joint Chiropractic to consult with your local chiropractor at one of more than 475 locations nationwide. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Renton, Wash.

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