Can neck problems really cause dizziness?

Can neck problems really cause dizziness?
Can neck problems really cause dizziness?

Can neck problems really cause dizziness is a common question we get as neck and vestibular health physical therapists.

Yes, neck problems can indeed cause dizziness.

When issues or dysfunction in the neck or cervical spine (the upper part of the spine) affect the sensory nerves, blood vessels, or muscles in the neck, it can disrupt the body’s balance and spatial orientation.

This disruption can lead to various forms of dizziness, including cervicogenic dizziness.

We discuss this in more detail in our professional books and course, but here are some highlights for you.

What is Cervicogenic Dizziness?

Cervicogenic dizziness is a condition characterized by dizziness or lightheadiness that is attributed to problems in the neck or cervical region.

Common symptoms may include dizziness, neck pain, headaches, and changes in head position that trigger or alleviate symptoms.

It’s important to note that while cervicogenic dizziness is one way neck problems can cause dizziness, there are also other potential mechanisms.

For example, neck issues may lead to muscle tension, which can contribute to tension-type headaches or even tension-related dizziness.

How to diagnose and treat cervicogenic dizziness?
How to diagnose and treat cervicogenic dizziness?


Symptoms from the neck can also be lightheadiness, unsteadiness and drunkenness.  It is rare that true vertigo is a symptom from the neck.

If you experience persistent dizziness, especially if it is accompanied by neck pain or other concerning symptoms, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional.

They can conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatment options, which usually includes physical therapy.

Treatment options for cervicogenic dizziness

Specialized physical therapy treatment can assist in alleviating musculoskeletal elements and improve spinal alignment contributing to cervicogenic dizziness. A systematic approach of orthopedic, vestibular and sensorimotor re-training is usually necessary to alleviate symptoms.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in both vestibular and cervical spine conditions to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Cervicogenic Dizziness Relief Program.  This includes manual therapy and exercises to improve neck posture and mobility. The primary goal of treatment is to address the underlying cervical spine issues and vestibular dysfunction causing cervicogenic dizziness.

If you are a professional and looking for training options, check out our diagnosis and treatment courses on Cervicogenic Dizziness!

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!

Cervicogenic Dizziness Online Course
Cervicogenic Dizziness Online Course