Neck pain, chiropractic and vertigo

by dr.g

Had an interesting encounter with a patient the just yesterday. She is a friedn who awoke after falling asleep in a chair and couldn’t find her balance. She thought she was having a stroke.

She stumbled to the bedroom feeling like she was drunk and laid down, beginning to check her arms and legs to see if she might be having a stroke. The next morning she awoke with some dizziness, felt off balance and decided she better call her GP. After a very cursory exam the doctor said she had vertigo and wrote her a prescription telling her it wouldn’t fix the problem, but might help her symptoms and that she would just have to wait for things to clear up.

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What is interesting is that I see this all the time. One adjustment and the patient was better. How long would she have suffered without care? How many others are out there like her just waiting for their vertigo to go away. Chiropractors are often criticized for not referring patients in a timely manner for conditions that medicine can help. Well it works both ways. General practitioners need to gain a better understanding of how chiropractors help with lowback pain relief, neck pain, headaches and vertigo so they can make appropriate and timely referralsĀ  for patients that haven’t responded or do not want to take medication as their first line therapy.

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