Texting Becoming a Pain in the Neck
upper back in abnormal positions for a long period of time; enough that other people coined the phrase ‘text neck,’ which is essentially referring to postural pain,” said Chris Cornett, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon and spine specialist at UNMC’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. The term, text neck, was first coined by a chiropractor in Florida. It’s defined as overuse syndrome involving the head, neck and shoulders, usually resulting from excessive strain on the spine from looking in a downward position at hand held devices such as cell phones, mp3 players, e-readers and computer tablets. “When you hold your body in an abnormal position, it can increase stress on the muscles, cause fatigue, muscle spasms and even stress headaches,” Dr. Cornett said. “With every degree of motion to the front or side that you move your head, the stress on your neck is magnified beyond just the weight of the head.” Over time, as technology use continues to expand, more people will experience this kind of discomfort and injuries from text neck,” he said. However, Dr. Cornett suggested a few ways to help alleviate or avoid text neck becoming a pain in your neck.
• Modify the position of the device
Instead of having the device in your lap or causing you to lean your head down, find a way to hold the device at a neutral, eye level.
• Take breaks
Be aware that you’re using these technology devices throughout the day and force yourself to take a break and to change or alter your position.
• Physical fitness
Having a strong, flexible back and neck will help you deal with abnormal stresses and reduce musculoskeletal issues. increases by 75 percent for individuals who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning and the risk increases with each use and 2.3 million teens tan indoors in the United States annually,” said Dr. Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, president of the AADA. “Therefore, restricting teens’ access to indoor tanning is critical to preventing skin cancer. As medical doctors who diagnose and treat skin cancer, dermatologists are committed to reducing its incidence and saving lives. We will continue to communicate to the FDA the need for stricter regulations on the use and sale of indoor tanning devices for minors under the age of 18.”