Our cervical spine or commonly called as the neck is co-ordination between the bones, muscles, joints and nerves which is directed by the brain and spinal cord. Any irritation to the nerves can lead to pain in the neck, shoulder, arm and hand.
Text Neck is a term which is used to describe pain in the neck and damage caused from looking down at the smartphone, tablet, laptop etc too frequently and for too long. One of the study mentions that around 79% of the population between the ages 18-44 have their smartphones with them almost all the time except for 2 hours of the day.
Text Neck syndrome causes neck pain and soreness. Also, continuously looking down at the phone can lead to upper back pain and upper back muscle spasms. This is a growing health concern and it has the potential to affect millions of people all over the world.
Text neck syndrome can be described as repeated stress injury and pain sustained from excessive watching or texting for long periods of time.
Apart from neck and upper back pain, it can also lead to headaches and increased cervical spine curvature. Individuals get adapted to a prolonged, forward head posture while looking down at the screen.
If left untreated for long, it can lead to permanent damage such as :
Prevention is the key for this text neck syndrome.
Rehab can be started with soft tissue mobilisation, joint mobilisations, stretching of the tight muscles, muscle strengthening and posture retraining.
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