Is it Dizziness or Vertigo?

Our doctors at MDR Advanced Medical Associates often see patients from Boynton Beach who complain of dizziness. Some will say they are suffering from Vertigo. Many have seen other healthcare providers but found little relief.

What is the Difference Between Dizziness and Vertigo?

The best way to explain the difference is this:

This person is experiencing dizziness: 

A man says he feels lightheaded, foggy, or unsteady like he is going to pass out, faint, or fall.

This person is experiencing vertigo:

A woman says she has an overall sensation of feeling a loss of balance and the world around her is spinning and moving.

The truth is that someone with vertigo may feel dizzy. That is why the two terms are used interchangeably so often. However, it is important to understand the difference because each situation has different causes and appropriate treatments.

Causes of Vertigo

Although patients may describe their vertigo in different ways, experience and training have taught the chiropractors at MDR Advanced Medical Associates to recognize many of the commonalities in their descriptions. Some of the most common causes seen at our office include:

  • Severe headaches such as migraine or tension headaches
  • Chronic earaches or damage inside the ear
  • A buildup of calcium in the ear canal
  • Pressure or fluid within the ear
  • A lack of blood flow to the brain
  • Car accidents resulting in damage to joints and ligaments throughout the spine (head and neck)
  • By far the most frequent cause is subluxations (misalignments) of vertebrae in the neck

Although the above may seem unrelated, they have one major commonality:  Each area included in the list plays a role in how the body orients itself and maintains balance.

When something in your body disrupts how your body normally functions, it also disrupts the nervous system signals being sent to the brain. The signals that keep our body in balance become distorted and scrambled, resulting in the symptoms of dizziness.

Symptoms of Vertigo

Dizziness is not the only symptom associated with vertigo. Vertigo, like many other conditions, can range from a minor annoyance to being related to a very serious underlying condition. Therefore, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is our recommendation that you schedule an appointment with one of the doctors at MDR Advanced Medical Associates in Boynton Beach.

  1. Blurry vision or difficulty focusing
  2. Problems hearing, especially in one ear
  3. Ringing ears
  4. Trouble maintaining balance
  5. Difficulty concentrating
  6. Feeling fatigued or tired all the time
  7. Nausea with no other explanation
  8. New onset of seasickness
  9. Slurring speech
  10. Double vision



Chiropractic Treatment for Vertigo

Chiropractors always want to get to the root of a problem. Our doctors carefully complete a comprehensive health consultation and inventory with you because determining the cause of your vertigo symptoms identifies the chiropractic adjustment or treatment needed.

Many of the symptoms manifested in the head and ears have roots in different parts of the neck and spine. Our highly trained chiropractors will make chiropractic adjustments and utilize various adjustment techniques to treat vertigo.

Relief is often felt right away but completing a full chiropractic treatment plan is important to relieve any built-up pressure causing vertigo. Otherwise, vertigo may shortly return as the condition builds up again.

Additionally, chiropractic care is always based on a holistic, full-body approach to healing at its core. That’s why chiropractic treatment for vertigo almost always includes at least some degree of focus on less-than-healthy lifestyle issues that could be contributing to or exacerbating vertigo symptoms. Habits such as caffeine intake, poor posture, repetitive motions in the workplace, as well as undiagnosed vision issues have the potential to exacerbate vertigo.

Call the office of MDR Advanced Medical Associates in Boynton Beach and let our doctors focus on getting rid of your vertigo and making sure it stays away!

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MDR Advanced Medical Associates

MDR Advanced Medical Associates
1899 North Congress Avenue
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Boynton Beach, FL 33426
(561) 731-3361

Mohammed HuseinMohammed Husein
04:17 15 Oct 21
Dr. Abe was quick in assisting me with my neck and shoulder pain! I had very little movement of my head going into the office but Dr. Abe assured me that I would be taken care of. He not only adjusted me but taught me ways to alleviate my pain through at-home stretching and better sleeping positions. Three days later and my pain is gone! Thank you Dr. Abe and thank you MDR!! I will be back!
Omar HamdanOmar Hamdan
15:58 14 Oct 21
I had an amazing experience with Dr. Abe. This was the first time I felt absolute comfort at a chiropractor and will 100% be back. I felt comfortable and felt that Dr. Abe was treating me like a member of his family. I really appreciate Dr. Abe and MDR Advanced Medical Associates. Dr. Abe thoroughly explained to me my options and helped me set follow up appointments the fit into my daily packed schedule. Thank you !
Jason KingJason King
15:32 14 Oct 21
I've been coming here for over a year now and the service is exceptional, Dr Abe has been a huge help in my recovery and also always have a great conversation with him. If you're not coming here you're going to the wrong place.
20:46 28 Jun 21
I decided to visit this group after a pinched nerve/muscle spasms in my neck/arm were not getting better. Great location, good hours, if you are in pain, they do anything they can to try & see you and not make you wait a week.Dr Mark & Dr Abe went thru my x-rays and came up with a game plan & discussed with me.I mainly see Abe for manipulations, he is very skilled at what he does. I'm glad I took the chiropractic route. Had me up & running pretty fast. Amazing that I felt that good without medicines.Jessica & Deasy are fun to deal with. Nice, friendly, & they keep things moving! It all starts and ends at the front desk.Chris. What can I say. I guess it isn't really isn't his fault that he gets to inflict pain on me from time to time, but, he is also great to work with 🤣🤣. He gets to demonstrate the "at home" things to do, never the fun part but when done regularly, they may help you from coming back as much.Worth checking out. They are all good people.❤
Jack BrownJack Brown
21:58 09 Jun 21
I would recommend all my family and friends to go here.Tha whole staff is wonderful. The Doctor's explain what there doing ang how they are going to get you better.