Episodes and symptoms of dizziness after car accidents can last for several minutes (or even hours) and can come and go at random.
If you are hurt in an Illinois car accident, especially a rear-end collision, you may sustain injuries to your neck and upper spinal area. Not surprisingly, victims of this type frequently experience pain and stiffness in their neck, shoulders, and head. However, it's also quite common for neck injury sufferers to become dizzy, even long after the incident has occurred. But it's unwise to simply dismiss dizziness after a car accident as something that is unimportant or will go away on its own.
In fact, many motorists who hurt their necks in accidents report being dizzy. These episodes of dizziness can last for several minutes (or even hours) and can come and go at random.
Other symptoms of dizziness after a car accident may include:
- jumpy vision
- a "swimming sensation"
- feeling like the room is spinning
- feeling like still objects around them are actually in motion
- feeling like they will lose their balance
- inability to walk straight
- trouble with reading or viewing a computer screen
- people telling them that their head is not "straight"
In some cases, dizziness may be accompanied by
- ear pain
- hearing loss
- speech problems
- trouble swallowing
- changes in sensation
- nausea or vomiting
- jaw pain
- loss of consciousness
Thankfully, there are treatment options for symptoms of dizziness that are independent of those that address neck pain. The simplest approach is to undergo manual therapy, which usually involves a physical therapist manipulating bones and joints (like a chiropractor does), mobilizing joints through slow twisting or pulling movements, or massaging the neck and shoulder muscles. These techniques can lessen the pressure and irritation on the receptors in the cervical areas which can trigger dizziness.
Another method to reduce dizziness is what is known as vestibular rehabilitation therapy. This treatment is comprised of individualized exercises for the head, neck, body, and eyes. The goal of VRT is to "retrain" the brain to coordinate the signals received from the inner ear with visual cues and information. This synchronization is often lacking in a person who is dealing with dizziness.
One of the most important things to remember is that the medical costs for these treatments should be addressed by the person or party that is responsible for causing the dizziness-inducing car accident. Such compensation is not limited to the treatment and therapy for any neck pain sustained in a crash. So if you are still feeling dizzy long after a your car accident that was caused by the recklessness or negligence of someone else, be sure to contact a qualified Illinois accident lawyer.