It should come as no surprise that over 90 million people are affected by dizziness. Approximately 25% of Americans are over 65 years and need to seek the assistance of a physician or chiropractor like Queen City Health Center with Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens. This is a serious condition because 50% of the deaths which occur in senior citizens are because of falls; another 10% are hospitalized. It is projected that Americans will be paying as much as $50 billion annually by 2020 because of this condition.
What is Dizziness and what are its symptoms?
The sensation of feeling or losing one’s balance or being lightheaded is referred to as dizziness. On the extreme side, where a person has a sensation of spinning, it is said they are experiencing vertigo. People with vertigo often describe their surroundings as moving, tilting, spinning, off balance or whirling when they’re actually not. People with dizzy spells might feel nauseated and vomit; some may even faint.
What causes Dizziness?
Older people usually are high on the list when it comes to suffering from dizziness. This causes them to restrict their movements for fear of falling or fainting. However, anyone can have this experience. People with blood pressure and blood flow problems experience dizziness as a symptom. Other causes include anemia, excessive sweating, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, anxiety, stress, fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, hyperventilation, cold, flu and the use of illegal drugs. Dr. Holly advises that severe bleeding can cause dizziness as well.
How Dizziness is usually diagnosed and treated
In order to treat this condition, physicians have to distinguish whether the patient is actually suffering from lightheadedness or vertigo. They will then conduct thorough examinations via a tailored physical test, checking vital signs and analyzing imaging studies and blood tests. Other tests include complete blood count (CBC) to screen for anemia or infection, electrolyte level tests, blood sugar tests, kidney function tests and thyroid tests.
As dizziness can lead to falls or fainting, it is always advised that one lie down for a few minutes. Doing so will increase blood to flow to your brain. Then you sit up slowly and remain sitting for a few minutes. It is also recommended that people who have constant dizziness rest as often as they can, especially when it is due to a cold or flu virus. When lightheaded, one should not operate a vehicle or heavy equipment, or use drugs. Dehydration can cause dizziness, and in such causes, especially in the hot summer months, it’s important keep hydrated.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat Dizziness?
Dizziness is one of the more known symptoms of someone who has had head or neck trauma and these patients usually seek chiropractic care. More and more people are visiting practitioners like Dr. Holly with other illnesses that cause dizziness. If you suffer from any dizziness disorder and would like help, make an appointment at Queen City Health Center with Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens! Call us at 980.422.2000 to book an in-person consultation, complete with an initial exam and X-rays. (Mention that you found us on the web to receive a discount!)
During your initial consultation, Dr. Holly will perform an evaluation to determine what abnormalities exist within your spine and nervous system. (It is important to note that patients should not stop taking their medications during these assessments, treatments and visits, unless told to do so by their primary care physician, or until Dr. Holly says it is okay.)
If you are still not quite sure whether chiropractic treatment for dizziness at Queen City Health Center is right for you, simply fill out the form on this page to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly. We are enthusiastic about providing the best chiropractic care in Charlotte and cannot wait to help you get off of your medications!