Cervicogenic Dizziness, Cervical Vertigo,

What are symptoms of Cervicogenic Dizziness?

The symptoms of Cervicogenic Dizziness can vary.  This is due to the vague definition of Cervicogenic Dizziness and the confusing aspect that Cervicogenic Dizziness is still called Cervical Vertigo.  This leads us to the symptoms…

Cervicogenic Dizziness is not described as true vertigo.  If it is, this is very rare.  Vertigo is defined more as the room or the person is spinning.  That would lead someone to think more of a diagnosis such as BPPV (with the V meaning for Vertigo).

Therefore, Cervicogenic Dizziness would not be described as room or person spinning, or true vertigo.  The following are other descriptors and symptoms that are typical from a patient with this condition:

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadiness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Drunkenness

Other descriptors could be:

  • I feel like I may fall
  • People tell me that my head is not on straight
  • I can’t walk straight

Additionally, patients may also have symptoms of:

  • Neck Pain
  • Tightness in neck and shoulders
  • Headache

There you go!  Nice and generalized descriptors of symptoms — but isn’t this normal for conditions, especially ones involving the vestibular and musculoskeletal system!


You can learn more about the screening and treatment process of Cervicogenic Dizzinesss through Integrative Clinical Concepts, where the author and his wife, a Vestibular Specialist, teach a 2-day course.  Pertinent to this blog post, the first day provides the most up-to-date evidence review from multiple disciplines to diagnose through the “Optimal Sequence Algorithm” to assist in ruling out disorders and ruling in cervical spine, including determining if single or double entity exists.  

If you would like to host a course for your staff (either a vestibular, neuro, sports or ortho clinic), please do not hesitate to contact me at harrisonvaughanpt@gmail.com for prices and discounts.

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Authors

Harrison N. Vaughan, PT, DPT, OCS, Dip. Osteopracic, FAAOMPT    

Instructor: Cervicogenic Dizziness for Integrative Clinical Concepts

Danielle N. Vaughan, PT, DPT, Vestibular Specialist  

Instructor: Cervicogenic Dizziness for Integrative Clinical Concepts

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