A case study published in the 2020 issue of The Journal of Physical Therapy Science documented the improvement of a patient under chiropractic care who had been suffering with severe and chronic dizziness, neck pain and headaches. Dizziness is a common occurrence that can come from many different problems. When the cause of the dizziness is unknown, it is referred to as idiopathic dizziness.
In this case, a 57-year-old woman sought chiropractic care for help with her chronic dizziness. She was also suffering with recurring lower back and neck pain as well as headaches. At the most severe, the woman rated her neck pain as a 9 out of 10, with 10 being the worst pain possible.
The woman had been getting episodes of dizziness for 30 years. Her dizziness began one year after she was involved in an automobile accident. Using a standardized test that rates the level of disability due to dizziness, the woman’s dizziness handicap inventory (DHI) was rated at 56 out of a possible 100, where 100 would be totally disabled. Prior medical tests had ruled out any pathologies or Meniere’s disease as a possible cause of her dizziness.
A chiropractic examination included x-rays which showed a loss of the woman’s neck curve and a forward projection of her head. Based on the findings of her chiropractic examination and x-rays, specific chiropractic care was started. Due to her severe dizziness, special accommodations and adaptations needed to be made to her care.
After three months of care, the study reports that the woman’s lower back and neck pains had reduced significantly down to only 1 out of 10. Follow-up x-rays showed that her neck curvature was starting to return to normal. Additionally, the woman’s dizziness had improved dramatically going from an original dizziness handicap inventory (DHI) score of 56, down to a score of just 12. Her score continued to improve with time decreasing to 10 DHI after ten months.
In their summary of the results, the researchers wrote, “The patient reported significant reduction in neck pains, headache and dizziness frequency and severity. The patient had a 44-point drop on the dizziness handicap inventory; dizziness symptoms were reported to be very rare. A 1.5 year follow-up showed stability of the symptom relief and a negligible score on the dizziness handicap inventory.”