Text Neck

Credit: Dr. Ken Hansraj M.D.

Did you know that spending so much time texting and using your mobile devices is bad for your spine? The pressure on the spine doubles for every inch that the head tilts forward, and just about everywhere you go you’ll see people looking down at their mobile device.

Of the 6 billion people in the world, over 4 billion have mobile phones. Texting has become the dominant form of communication. Over one billion text messages are sent every month worldwide. On the Average, Americans spend 2.7 hours per day communicating and socializing on their phones, and even more time looking down at their mobile devices for web searching and so many other uses.

The chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine Dr. Kenneth Hansraj conducted a study about how one’s posture while texting affects the spine and published it in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The study is entitled: “Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head.

Related article, from Washingtonpost.com
‘Text neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’ and could wreck your spine
Over time, researchers say, this poor posture, sometimes called “text neck,” can lead to early wear-and-tear on the spine, degeneration and even surgery.