Text Neck – A Modern ‘Epidemic’

What is next neck?

Text neck is a modern spine condition caused by looking down at a wireless device such as a smartphone, tablet, or other handheld device for too long. This ailment is an increasingly common issue, and if not taken care of, could lead to lifelong neck pain.

According to Spine-Health, “a recent study shows that 79% of the population between the ages 18 and 44 have their cell phones with them almost all the time—with only 2 hours of their waking day spent without their cell phone on hand.”

What are the symptoms of text neck?

Symptoms of text neck include neck pain, upper back pain, upper back spasms, shoulder pain, shoulder tightness, and possible nerve damage. If a cervical nerve is compressed for too long, it can become a “pinched nerve” which causes pain in the neck, shoulder, muscle weakness, and numbness in the hands.

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How do I prevent text neck?

Though it might feel odd, it is recommended to hold handheld devices at eye level whenever possible. Also, try to take breaks when looking at devices for a long period of time.

If you are suffering from any or all of the symptoms listed above, please contact us to ensure you are not causing nerve damage, and see how our team can alleviate your discomfort.