Why am I still dizzy after a concussion?

Why am I still dizzy after a concussion?
Why am I still dizzy after a concussion?

Why am I still dizzy after a concussion is a common question we get as Vestibular Physical Therapists.

Dizziness is a common symptom following a concussion, and its persistence can be attributed to various factors:

  1. Vestibular Dysfunction: The vestibular system, located in the inner ear, plays a crucial role in balance and spatial orientation. A concussion can disrupt this system, leading to ongoing dizziness and balance problems.
  2. Brain Injury: The initial brain injury caused by the concussion can affect various brain regions responsible for balance and coordination. It may take time for the brain to heal and for these functions to return to normal.
  3. Inflammation: Concussions can trigger an inflammatory response in the brain, which can lead to dizziness as well as other symptoms. Inflammation can persist beyond the acute phase of the injury.
  4. Cervical Spine Issues: Neck injuries often occur concurrently with concussions, and cervical spine problems can contribute to dizziness and balance issues.
  5. Visual Disturbances: Vision problems, such as difficulty focusing or tracking objects, can result from a concussion and contribute to dizziness.
  6. Vestibular Rehabilitation: In some cases, individuals with concussions may not receive proper vestibular rehabilitation, which can help improve balance and reduce dizziness. Rehabilitation should be tailored to the individual’s specific needs.
  7. Persistent Symptoms: Some people may experience protracted symptoms of post-concussive syndrome (PCS), where dizziness is one of the persistent symptoms that extend beyond the usual recovery period.
  8. Psychological Factors: Anxiety, stress, and fear of recurring symptoms can exacerbate dizziness and make it feel more severe or persistent.


It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a neurologist or a physical therapist with expertise in concussion management, to evaluate and address your specific case of persistent dizziness.

They can perform assessments, recommend appropriate treatments, and create a customized plan to help manage and alleviate your symptoms. In many cases, with proper care and time, dizziness can improve, and individuals can gradually return to their normal activities.

Treatment options for Concussion

Specialized physical therapy treatment can assist in improving symptoms associated with dizziness following a concussion. A systematic approach of orthopedic, vestibular rehabilitation, sensorimotor re-training and progressive aerobic exercise is usually necessary to alleviate symptoms.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Concussion Recovery Program.   The primary goal of treatment is to address the underlying issues causing post-concussive syndrome.

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