Text neck is a phrase that is heard more and more these days. This term is used to describe the damage and pain that is sustained when individuals look down at their cell phone or other devices for extended periods of time.
This phenomenon is becoming increasingly common. The posture from bending your neck to look down, occurs in activities other then texting. For instance, when you read a book. The main problem with texting is that it adds an additional activity that causes tension to the neck. People are spending more and more time looking at their phones, and this is especially concerning in young people. This activity could possibly cause permanent damage to their cervical spines and could lead to lifelong pain.
Are you concerned that you or your children are developing text neck? Text neck most commonly causes neck pain and soreness. Here are some symptoms that you may want to consider:
- Upper back pain ranging from a chronic, nagging pain to sharp, severe upper back muscle spasms.
- Shoulder pain and tightness, which could result in a painful shoulder muscle spasm.
- If a cervical nerve becomes pinched, pain and possibly neurological symptoms can radiate down your arm and into your hand.
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