Medication and Vertigo

Because the purpose of medication is only to treat symptoms and not to get to the source of a person’s health problems, one condition may be treated with one of several types of drugs. Or one type of drug may be used to treat several types of conditions.

Such is the case for dizziness and vertigo, which can be treated using one of 50 medications. The purpose of each one of those drugs is to bring the dizziness or vertigo under control, but there are side effects that come along with controlling those conditions.

Of course, that begs the question that if those drugs help control a person’s balancing system but they lead to various adverse side effects, does it really do more harm than good?  There is a way, however, to alleviate these conditions without any of those 50 medications.

Upper Cervical Research

According to upper cervical research of Dr. Michael Burcon, there is a connection between the upper neck and vertigo, Meniere’s Disease, Tinnitus, and other conditions. This link was established because of misalignments in the upper neck vertebrae of whiplash sufferers. The upper cervical spine is at the base of the skull, and misalignments there cause lesions that effect the Eustachian tube.

Though, for most people, the manifestation of vertigo or dizziness may not arise until up to 15 years or more after the initial injury. The initial injury to the upper neck vertebrae may be too slight to lead to vertigo, dizziness, or other conditions. But when left unchecked over time that injury to the upper neck vertebrae worsens.

A Misaligned Upper Neck

The reason for that is that the head weighs 10-14 lbs, and that much weight on the slightest misalignment of the upper cervical vertebrae can cause further damage over time. That means it’s important to address any head or neck injuries sooner than later rather than waiting for conditions like vertigo and dizziness to arise 15 years later.

Luckily, an upper cervical chiropractor can realign your upper neck vertebrae by examining your neck for any misalignments that may be that underlying cause of those conditions, or may possibly lead to those conditions in the future.

Come back next week and we’ll explore Dr. Burcon’s research more.

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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at