In the 1950s, cervicogenic dizziness was described a disorder of imbalance, disequilibrium and disorientation related to neck pathology. Common pathology associated with CGD included cervical spondylosis, cervical trauma, and cervical arthritis.
Currently, there is no concrete diagnostic test for Cervicogenic Dizziness and many times it's ruled in via exclusion of other disorders. Fortunately our profession is making strides towards more accurate diagnosis, with the research related identifying clinical tests to rule in CGD. (Article Here)
We are passionate about clinical practice and vestibular rehab. Recently we completed a Webinar for the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) regarding Cervicogenic Dizziness. Please take an hour to watch the webinar. Hopefully it can provide a starting place to better understanding CGD.
VRT 2: Advanced Vestibular Rehab and Cervicogenic Dizziness (June 22-23, 2018)
Dates: June 22-23,2018
Contact Hours: 15 hr
This 2 day evidence-based course will provide clinicians the ability to evaluate and manage patients with Cervicogenic Dizziness and Atypical Vestibular Conditions. A variety of education materials will be presented in order to enhance learning via lecture, video, and hands on lab sessions. The course is intended to enhance the clinician’s ability to determine the appropriateness of vestibular rehabilitation and identify indications for further medical/diagnostic consultation. The participant will learn examination and treatment progressions for patients experiencing Cervicogenic dizziness and complex vestibular disorders. This is an introductory course intended for physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants.
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Reiley et al. How to diagnose cervicogenic dizziness. Archives of Physiotherapy 2017 7:12