It is not uncommon to feel dizzy after a car accident. Many experience dizziness, vertigo, and headaches or migraines.
The cause of your dizziness may differ depending on the type of car collision and severity of the accident. The four leading conditions that may cause you to feel dizzy after a car accident include the following:
- Cervicogenic Dizziness
- Vascular Damage
- Brain Injury
If you feel dizzy after a car accident you should seek medical attention immediately. It’s possible that your head might have struck an object during the collision. The impact could cause you to suffer a mild traumatic brain injury. An example of this would be a concussion. However, in the event that you don’t seek medical attention pay attention to symptoms. If you begin to experience dizziness, vertigo, sensitivity to light (sun, fluorescent bulbs, computer screen, phone, etc) or vomiting go seek medical attention immediately.
Vascular damage is when the blood vessels in the neck are injured. This results in restricted blood flow to the brain.
This type of injury is serious, however symptoms can be subtle at first. It can begin as pain in the back of the head that continuously worsens over time. If you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of vascular damage go seek medical attention at the nearest urgent care or emergency room.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is another one of the injuries that cause you to feel dizzy after a car accident. BPPV is a type of vertigo that stems from the violent shaking of your head, especially in a car accident. It is caused by tiny calcium crystals in your inner ear called otoliths being jarred from their normal position and into other parts of your innear ear. The signals they usually send to your brain about the position of your head become confused. The confusement that the signals cause your brain brings on the dizziness you feel. Your chiropractor can help with your BPPV symptoms with upper cervical adjustments.
The last type of injury is the most common injury seen in car accidents: cervicogenic dizziness. Cervicogenic dizziness can also be categorized under whiplash. This injury stems from the disruption of nerves called proprioceptors that are located in your spinal column. These nerves send signals to your postural controls system of your brain. They help your body navigate in the dark or when your eyes are closed. These nerves are also critical to maintaining proper balance. During a car accident, its possible that due to violent movement or impact that these nerves were obstructed from a misalignment in your spine. When the spinal column is not in the correct position the proprioceptors are unable to communicate properly with your brain. You may experience a lot of vertigo, dizziness, and find that you are dropping items or running into objects more frequently. Thankfully, this type of injury can be healed and is reversible through chiropractic care.
RxWellness Spine & Health Serving Reston, VA with Chiropractic Care
If you are feeling dizzy after a car accident in Reston, RxWellness Spine & Health is here to give you expert auto injury care. Our doctors specialize in car accident injuries such as whiplash, cervicogenic dizziness, BPPV, and other soft tissue injuries. Additionally, if you were not at fault in the accident, your medical care could be at no cost to you. Just bring your claim number to your appointment. Don’t wait for your injuries to worsen, and call our office today at 703-904-9666 for your consultation.