Car Crashes and Vertigo Managed by Chiropractors
Vertigo and dizziness are common after a car crash, and can result from injury to the vestibular system of the ears. This system has a series of fluid filled tunnels in the inner-ear. A whiplash injury or car crash can cause injury to this system. A common injury is called Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV).In BPPV, small stones attached in the inner ear can become dislodge and malfunction. These small stones have an important role in notifying the brain if the body is in motion. When there is malfunction of the system, the brain believes that it is in motion, when in fact, it is not. In a whiplash injury, it is common for these stones to become loose or dislodge entirely.
A recent article published in JMPT looked at chiropractic management of BPPV. In the study, eight patients with vertigo received chiropractic treatments aimed at restoring function of the vestibular system. The results were very favorable. The patients reported a reduction in many aspects of their symptoms.
The treatment time was very short, only about 1 week. The benefit to the treatments lasted over three months. Each treatment involved specific manual therapies. Not every chiropractor learns these special techniques. Car crashes and whiplash are a major focus of my practice and I have been using these special techniques since 1995.
Sajko SS, Stuber K, Welsh TN. Chiropractic management of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo using the Epley Maneuver: A case series. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; 36(2): 119–126.