Cervicogenic Dizziness – Symptoms

Meynard Enriquez DPT, Ross Fargnoli DPT OCS, Ray Lunasin DPT OCS,
Mark Lundblad DPT OCS, Shane O’Malley DPT OCS

The most common clinical symptoms of cervicogenic dizziness are neck stiffness, muscle tenderness, altered cervical joint positional sensation, poor neck stability, and dizziness provoked by neck or head movements.  This means that neck pain and stiffness will occur with movements of the neck simultaneously with dizziness.

Symptoms that may occur with cervicogenic dizziness, but are not directly related to cervicogenic dizziness may include radiating symptoms to the arms, jaw pain, and arm numbness.  Symptoms that are not typical of cervicogenic dizziness are problems speaking, swallowing, facial numbness, clumsiness, impaired vision, and can be signs of a more serious condition.

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