Vertigo is not commonly a problem related to the cervical spine so I understand the reluctance to treat that surgically. Physical therapy of the neck can be effective if not too aggressive in your case. Don’t overload your lower back as flair-ups will be hard to handle.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.