Can Neck Pain Cause Dizziness?

In short, yes, neck pain, especially the severe one, can cause dizziness, although it may sound strange. There are several causes or conditions that may provoke dizziness:

  • Muscle spasm
  • Whiplash injury
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Cervical motion inability
  • Paroxysmal positional vertigo (an inner ear disorder)

Also, if you have got a kind of neck injury it may cause the instability that also contributes to a feeling of being dizzy. If the pain is severe, you should see a chiropractor, as well as get some medications prescribed. When we talk about dizziness due to the injury, often it may be eliminated by the restoring of the health. The same is true with vertigo: fixing you neck will usually remove the vertigo as well.

What is vertigo, by the way?

This is a health condition related to a physical abnormality. If your dizziness doesn’t go away – that’s a good reason to seek a treatment for your injury.

In the case of a cervical pinched nerve it takes some number of days for the soreness to come forth, so there is no reason for dizziness to occur in the early days of the compressed nerve problem. You might also feel dizzy, due to the high pain levels that make you unstable.

Can Anxiety Cause Neck Pain and Dizziness?

can neck pain cause dizzinessThe answer is, again, yes. Anxiety can be the cause of both. Anxiety may provoke the muscle spasms resulting in a painful sensation. Dizziness may come out of the exhausting nerve activity because of the agitated mind.

How to treat all this?

If your dizziness related to cervical spine problem, treating the latter will help to deal with your dizzy condition. The prescribed medication may not be only for the pain in neck, but for vertigo, nausea and even for headaches. Meclizine is an example of medication for dizziness, which is sometimes followed by anti-inflammatory medications.

Massage is also very helpful bring relief; it can be combined with relaxation techniques such as shavasana from yoga – it’s interesting, but sometimes a good relaxation can really help removing soreness and restoring health.

In yoga there are certain poses that help improve balance and strengthen spine thus alleviating these two problems. For example, the triangle pose (Trikonasana), the extended side angle pose (Parsvakonasana), the warrior pose (Virabhadrasana) – these poses can improve your vestibular apparatus, strengthen the neck and back muscles, restore the normal functionality of the nerve system.

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