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A 48-year-old member asked:

Why do we have vertigo/dizziness when we have cervical spondylosis?

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Dr. Daniel Ivankovich
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 27 years experience
Vertigo & Neck Pain: Cervical spondylosis isn't commonly associated with vertigo. The vertebrobasilar circulation supplies the balance centers in the brain. Cervical osteophytes can press on the vertebral artery causing its occlusion during head turning. The most common complaint in patients with vertebrobasilar insufficiency is vertigo. You should be evaluated by a neurologist and referred appropriately.

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A 24-year-old female asked:

Do cervical spondylosis causes vertigo????

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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 36 years experience
Vertigo: Yes. While not common, cervical spondylosis with spinal cord compression can cause vertigo. The position of the occipital condyles in relation to the cervical spine gives feedback to the inner ear for balance. When the condyles are not aligned properly, this may lead to dizziness manifested as vertigo or imbalance.
Last updated May 27, 2019


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