What is Cervicogenic Dizziness?

What is Cervicogenic Dizziness?
What is Cervicogenic Dizziness?

Cervicogenic dizziness characterizes a medical condition in which dizziness or vertigo is attributed to dysfunction or pathology in the neck or cervical spine (the upper part of the spine).

It is believed to result from issues in the neck or cervical region.

This is unlike other forms of dizziness that primarily originate from issues within the inner ear or central nervous system.

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Common features and characteristics of cervicogenic dizziness may include:

  1. Dizziness or Vertigo: Individuals with this condition often experience sensations of spinning, unsteadiness, or dizziness.
  2. Neck Pain: Cervical spine issues or neck pain are typically present and in correlation with dizziness. People often describe the neck pain as aching or stiff.
  3. Headaches: Some individuals may also experience headaches, particularly in the back of the head or at the base of the skull.
  4. Changes in Head Position: Symptoms may worsen or improve with certain head and neck movements or positions. For example, tilting the head in a specific direction might trigger or alleviate dizziness.
  5. Reduced Range of Motion: Limited range of motion in the neck or neck-related muscle tension is usually observed.
  6. Sensory Disturbances: Some people may report altered sensation in the neck or around the head.


Cervicogenic dizziness can be challenging to diagnose as it often overlaps with other types of dizziness, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) or vestibular disorders.

A thorough evaluation by a healthcare professional, which may include a physical examination, medical history, and possibly imaging studies, is typically necessary to differentiate cervicogenic dizziness from other causes of dizziness.

Treatment for cervicogenic dizziness may involve physical therapy, exercises to improve neck mobility and strength, posture correction, and occasionally medications or interventions for pain management.

The approach to management depends on the specific underlying cervical spine issues and the individual’s symptoms. It’s important to consult a healthcare provider if you suspect you have cervicogenic dizziness or experience persistent dizziness and neck pain for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

How is Cervicogenic Dizziness diagnosed?
How is Cervicogenic Dizziness diagnosed?

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.

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Cervicogenic Dizziness Online Course
Cervicogenic Dizziness Online Course