A thirty-nine year old female enters this office with complaints of constant dizziness and disorientation. The patient has not been sick and is not sick now. The patient has no temperature, no nausea and no sinus irritations. The patient describes her symptoms as if it is herself that is spinning around the room. She has to walk carefully and protective of herself to keep from falling. The patient holds the wall for support.
The patient does not smoke nor partakes of adult beverages. She is not diabetic. She has been to no other physician for this condition.
Examination of this patient reveals a vertebral fixation dysfunction at the level of C1 on the right. X-rays taken of this patient demonstrate a rotation of the C1 vertebrae.
The patient was advised of my findings. I suggest that she see an ENT before further treatment here. The patient agreed.
The patient returns from her visit to the ENT. He diagnosed her condition as orthostatic disequilibrium. He explained that she would never get any better. I discussed treatment options with the patient, including spinal manipulation. The patient expressed her desire to try spinal manipulation. The patient was given her first adjustment for this condition. She tolerated the procedure well.
The patient returns the next day. She describes her vertigo as 50% better. The patient underwent a brief office examination and advised of the need for continued treatment. The patient agreed. She was placed on a four week program of treatment, followed by a re-evaluation.
Re-evaluation showed a total recovery from her symptoms. I discussed an underlying weakness to the vertebrae in her neck and recommended occasional care as a preventive measure. The patient agreed.