Americans are addicted to their cell phones and are even starting to suffer injuries from using them too much. Specifically, doctors are starting to see patients suffering from something called “text neck syndrome.”
When people text message, they typically tilt their head forward to view their screens. Often times this forces the neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments to strain to hold the head up. Younger patients are starting to complain about chronic neck and back pain. In addition, physicians are starting to notice signs of premature degeneration of the spine in patients who are decades younger than usual. Typically, these symptoms are seen in older adults or those in certain occupations. These signs and studies show us the effects that frequent text messaging and tilting forward can have on our bodies.
Exercise and overall wellness practices can help you obtain better posture, which will decrease your chances of adapting text neck syndrome. Yoga and Pilates can especially help you achieve a strong neck and back.
If you are suffering from chronic neck or back pain, please call us. We are highly experienced with injury care and have treated thousands of patients suffering from similar injuries. Our advanced Physical Therapy center is also an option for rehabilitation. We have three different locations in South Florida and you can reach us at 561-967-6500.