Did you start having vertigo after hitting your head? Did dizzy spells start after a hard bonk on the head?

Dizziness and vertigo can be caused by hitting your head. Accidents and crashes can cause it to start. Certain high-impact sports can even be the culprit. I have met many patients who fell and hit their head on the ground right before they woke up with vertigo.

In this blog, I will discuss three possible causes of having vertigo after hitting your head.

BPPV can Cause Vertigo After Hitting Your Head

BPPV is a condition where crystals in your inner ear can become dislodged and displaced. This typically causes positional vertigo.

Most patients with BPPV feel vertigo when they lie down, roll over, sit up in bed, get out of bed, bend over, or look up.

Positional vertigo from BPPV typically lasts less than a minute. There are some atypical types of BPPV that can present differently.

BPPV is common after head trauma. If positional vertigo started after you hit your head, you may benefit from an evaluation for BPPV from a vestibular health care provider.

Many patients even have BPPV on both sides after hitting their head. Bilateral BPPV is more challenging to clear up and may take more treatments than BPPV in only one ear.

You can use this article to help you search for vestibular providers in your area.

Cervical Vertigo may be the Cause

When people hit their head, their neck often suffers as well. Many people who hit their head develop dizziness or vertigo from their neck.

Cervical vertigo usually accompanies neck pain – and even neck stiffness without pain.

For more information on cervical dizziness and vertigo, click here.

To learn who may be able to help with cervical vertigo, click here.

If it turns out that you have both BPPV and cervical vertigo, this article may be helpful. I discuss how to sequence both types of specialized care.

Post-Concussion Syndrome is Possible

For many people, dizzy spells will spontaneously resolve about two weeks after a concussion.

However, some patients have dizziness, headaches, nausea, insomnia, and mood fluctuations that last far longer.

In these cases, a neurology consultation may be beneficial to assess for post-concussion syndrome.

If post-concussion syndrome is diagnosed, then you may need a multidisciplinary team approach for a full recovery. Recovering from post-concussion syndrome can take quite a while in some cases.

Your doctor or physical therapist can advise you on which other health care services or products may help your recovery.

For more details on post-concussion syndrome and ideas on other health care providers who may be able help, click here.

For many of my patients who suffered from vertigo after hitting their head, this blog with vertigo home remedies was helpful.

Tell to your doctor if you think your dizzy spells or vertigo started after you hit your head.


This blog is provided for informational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.

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