Symptoms of Cervical Vertigo

Updated November 21, 2016

Vertigo is often described as a condition in which the affected individual experiences a strange spinning sensation, among other symptoms. It is often caused by injuries such as whiplash. Cervical vertigo is a type of vertigo that occurs when the head is turned in a specific direction, such as left or down.


Cervical vertigo can be caused by surgery, chiropractic manipulation, arthritis, issues with the nerves in the neck, irritation and leakage of cerebrospinal fluid.


One of the most common symptoms of cervical vertigo is dizziness. Dizziness will come and go with different positions of the neck.

Ear Pain

Some individuals with cervical vertigo may experience mild to severe ear pain which will come and go with neck movement.


Cervical vertigo can cause mild to severe headaches or migraines. Headaches will vary from patient to patient but may include persistent headaches, throbbing pain and pressure.


Treatment for cervical vertigo can include various medications, such as antidepressants, physiotherapy and in severe cases, surgery.

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