Cervical spondylosis – dizziness, high blood pressure: vertical artery type

The case

This is a 60 year old man, had fallen twice. Sought medical care in mainland China, and was diagnosed with high blood pressure and Meniere syndrome and often faint without obvious triggers. In Hong Kong, this is also known as having unbalanced ear fluid. Doctor gave him lots of blood pressure pills, but his blood pressure still fluctuated. He still felt dizziness, fatigue, and everytime he faints, he needs to sleep it out. His lips are pale and throw up often, recently his condition had worsened, suddenly he would faint. His family were very worried and had admitted him to the hospital. They also invited me to travel to mainland China to visit him at his hospital bed.

During diagnosis, the patient’s face are very pale and swollen. So we took his pulse and found that his blood pressure is extremely high. After inspecting his spine, we found that his neck and back are too straight, there’s not enough curvature. After inspecting his neck, shoulders and back, we found that his muscles are very stiff, there’s no bounciness to it. After pressing on his neck, I found that his cervical disc position 2 had hardened and pain when pressured, so there’s disc location had induration and tenderness while pressing on vertebral artery causing insufficient blood circulation in the brain and high blood pressure at the same time with symptoms of headache, dizziness or fainting. Clinically, this could also cause a stroke or tinnitus.

After finding the source, we diagnosed the patient as vertebral artery type cervical spondylosis. When treating this type of illness, we must focus on the cervical column. Our choice of treatment is tuina massage to relax the neck, back, shoulders and waist, then use acupuncture on specific acupoints along the bladder meridian, dredge the meridian. Then use spinal manipulation to correct cervical disc position 2’s misalignment and compression against the artery. After treatment, the patient’s dizziness had immediately recovered. His face came back to colors, he felt relaxed and vision had improved. Blood pressure had returned to normal, he did not need anymore pills. This proves that with the right diagnosis, recovery isn’t complicated.

Clinical manifestation

1. Headache, dizziness, throwing up, fainting, falling

2. Tinnitus, difficulty in moving the tongue

3. Irregular blood pressure, if remain untreated could cause cerebellum and occipital lobe damages