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Acta Otolaryngol Suppl. 1995;520 Pt 2:440-2.

Impaired postural control in patients with cervico-brachial pain.

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Department of Oto-rhino-laryngology, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.


Dizziness and subjective balance disturbances are common complaints in cervical pain syndromes. We assessed balance function with posturography using vibration-induced and galvanically-induced body sway in consecutive patients (n = 116) with cervico-brachial pain syndrome of more than 3 months' duration. A total of 83% of the patients showed signs of cervical root compression on MRT scans. The incidence of complaints of vertigo was 50%. The patients manifested significantly poorer postural control than sex- and age-matched controls (n = 20). Disorders of the neck should be considered when assessing patients complaining of dizziness, vertigo and balance disturbances.

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