In a study conducted by a Mumbai-based Lilavati hospital, the study said 79 percent of the population between the age group of 18 and 44 have their cell phones with them almost all the time, with only two hours of their waking day spent without their cell phone on hand.
In addition, owing to this excessive mobile phone usage, the study also pointed out that 50% of Indian teenagers are prone to spinal problems due to the aforementioned statistics. The problem may lead to permanent damage to their cervical spines that could lead to lifelong pain, it said. This condition is called text neck.
Where is the cervical spine? The cervical spine is delicate, flexible, it houses the spinal cord that sends messages from the brain to control all aspects of the body. If you are always stucked with your phone, this might be a bad news for you. Instead of a normal forward curve, patients can be seen to have a backwards curve which can be degenerative, often causing head, neck, shoulder and back pain, said the study.
“People working on computers most of the day are also prone to feel pain and slight numbness in their neck and shoulders,” said Nirad S. Vengsarkar, orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital.
“Resting the chin on the chest to look at the phone stretches the spinal cord and brain stem. This can affect respiration, heart rate and blood pressure. It can also mean that happy hormones, such as Endorphins and Serotonin are not released, meaning people can wake up anxious,” said the report.
Neck pain is usually caused by injuries and sprains associated with the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the cervical spine. Here are some of the 10 tips to prevent neck pain from Spine Health.
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