Sports Chiropractic Care for Athletes with Vertigo


Vertigo is a feeling of dizziness and a sensation of being off balance. In athletes, vertigo is a common side effect of concussion. While vertigo often resolves itself over time, persistent symptoms may need medical intervention. If you are an athlete suffering from vertigo, sports chiropractic care may offer the best solution.

Balance and Sports Trauma

Balance is defined as your ability to vertigo.

Three systems interact tors located in your muscles and tendons; the vestibular system located in your inner ear; and your brain’s cerebellum.

Your Proprioceptive System

Information about your body’s position in space is continually being sent to gravity.

During physical activity, propriocepto maintain equilibrium.

There are three types of proprioceptors:

  • Golgi Tendon Organ (GTO); Located in tendons at the ends of muscle fiber, GTOs are sensitive too great, the GTO blocks further force production, protecting you from ruptures and injury.
  • Muscle Spindle: A muscle spindle is a stretch recepto prevent tearing.
  • Pacinian Corpuscles: These mechanorecepto rapid changes in joint position.

Your Vestibular System

The vestibular system provides feedback about spacial orientation, motion and equilibrium via sensory recepto maintain balance. Without visual input, balance becomes more difficult.

During sports, your vestibular system kicks into perform as an athlete.

Dizziness originates deep within the inner ear, where three fluid-filled canals (utricles) and two sac-like structures (saccules) interact. Within the canals, hair-like structures connected tones in the saccules move the hairlike structures when the body is in motion.

When you take a hard fall or collide with another player, the sto the brain and causing vertigo.

Your Cerebellum

When your propriocepto resolve the conflicting information.

How Sports Chiropractic Care Can Help Restore Equilibrium

Imagine if you became dizzy every time you made a sudden move during play. This can occur after a concussion, setting you up for a serious injury. A sports chiropractore balance and reestablish spacial awareness.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common type of concussion, related to brainstem trauma. You may feel dizzy when turning your head or changing body positions.

At NYDNR, a sports chiropractore equilibrium.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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