I’ve got a really important question for you.
How much time do you spend texting, emailing from your phone or smart device, flicking through social media, or just generally looking down at your smart devices?
If your answer is a lot or more than you should and you are suffering from acute neck pain, you may be experiencing Text Neck. Text Neck is a repetitive strain injury seen in a growing number of patients. An increasing number of teens and adolescents are experiencing aggravating muscle pain in their necks, shoulders and occasionally their lower backs. This causes them to be in a lot of pain and they often experience headaches as a result of hunching over their smart devices.
What is TEXT NECK?
Text neck is the newest term for pain in your neck that is caused by using a handheld device like a smartphone or small tablet. It occurs when you are keeping your neck in a forward flexed position for long hours while texting, internet surfing and reading. If you are finding that your neck pain is getting worse as you use your handheld device, you may have text neck. You may also benefit from a course of physical therapy to manage your condition.
Why Text Neck?
When in an upright posture, the ears are aligned with the center of your shoulders and the weight of the average head exerts approximately 10-12lbs of force through the muscles of the neck. But when your head is moved forward by 1 inch, away from this neutral position, the weight of your head dramatically increases. Approximately 6 times as much force can be generated !!! That is the same weight as an average 8-year-old or six Ten-pin bowling balls!!!
If left untreated, a ‘text neck’ can lead to the inflammation of the neck ligaments, nerve irritation and increased curvature in the spine.
Signs and Symptoms of Text Neck
- Instant upper back or neck pain when using a handheld device
- Nagging or sharp pain in the neck or shoulders at the end of the day.
- General shoulder pain and tightness.
- Intermittent or constant headache made worse when looking down or using the computer.
If you are positive with all the above symptoms, you may want to visit a Physiotherapist immediately who can assist you to get rid of the pain.
Also, continue reading the blogs for prevention and exercises for the text neck. Download EndoRush App for more updated information.
Dr. Mansi Parikh,
Co-Founder, EndoRush App.