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  • Dr. Cameron Bearder

NEW: What causes dizziness?

90 MILLION Americans go to health care providers because of vertigo, dizziness or balance problems.

It’s the 2nd most common complaint heard in doctor’s offices, and will occur in 70% of the nation’s population at sometime in their lives, with mild to severe head and/or trauma being a leading risk factor for dizziness. Sadly, there are 2 million new cases of traumatic brain injury every year.

Getting a handle on vertigo and dizziness can sometimes leave your head spinning ... Why?

Well, we all have different ways of explaining the sensations we are feeling, so things can get a bit mottled. We're not saying that someone is wrong in their descriptions of how they feel, but rather that we all have slightly different ways to explain how we, as an individual, are feeling.

So what are the most common descriptions of dizziness?

  • VERTIGO - false sense of motion, possibly spinning sensation

  • DISEQUILIBRIUM - off-balance or wobbly

  • PRESYNCOPE - feeling of losing consciousness or blacking out

  • LIGHTHEADEDNESS - vague symptoms, feeling disconnected with the environment

The incidence of dizziness with a head injury, or vertigo initially after whiplash, have been reported to be as high as 78 to 80 percent. This phenomenon can be described as “Cervicogenic Dizziness”, or dizziness of suspected cervical origin … in plain English, it's a problem coming from the neck, aka cervical region.

Head trauma and whiplash injuries ... are NECK INJURIES! That’s Keystone’s territory! According to Harvard Medical School, whiplash and it's secondary symptoms can occur at speeds as low as 8-10 mph ... which is not very fast at all. The most common mechanisms of head trauma and/or whiplash are:

  1. Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs)

  2. Sports Injury (single or multiple)

  3. Trips and/or Falls

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At Keystone Chiropractic LKN, we focus on identifying and correcting what's known as

Atlas Displacement Complex (Click HERE for more information on ADC). In our clinical experience, as well as published reviews, reducing an ADC can be a natural solution for dizziness. Most folks typically acquire an ADC from one of the 3 mechanisms above, however, with an increase in technology usage, a 4th mechanism is fast becoming poor postural habits.

Are there other possible causes for Vertigo and/or Dizziness? Of course. This is when an appropriate examination from an Ear Nose and Throat specialist or a Neurologist is incredibly helpful. Truth be told, most patient’s end up referred to our office with these evaluations and relevant treatment having already been performed.

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms or conditions that were mentioned in this blog and are experiencing dizziness in Huntersville, Cornelius, or Davidson, there's a good chance we might be able to help! Click right HERE to contact us to chat about what's going on. Additionally, look for a video in the near future with our top recommendations for ways to help dizziness at home. Here's to being Happy, Health, and Well Informed!


This blog is provided for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that we might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.


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