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Text Neck: Understanding and Preventing the Negative Impact of Technology on Your Neck and Spine

Text neck is a term used to describe the strain and pain that can occur in the neck and spine as a result of prolonged use of technology. It is caused by the forward head posture that we adopt when we look down at our devices for extended periods of time. This posture puts a lot of stress on the neck and spine, and can lead to a number of problems, including headaches, neck pain, and even spinal degeneration.

One of the most common symptoms of text neck is pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders. This pain can be sharp or dull, and can be accompanied by headaches, tingling in the arms, and even muscle weakness. In severe cases, text neck can lead to chronic pain and permanent damage to the spine.

So, what can you do to prevent text neck? The first step is to be aware of your posture when using technology. Try to sit up straight and keep your head in a neutral position when using your device. This means looking straight ahead, rather than down at your device.

Another important step is to take regular breaks when using technology. Set a timer to remind yourself to take a break every 20-30 minutes, and use this time to stretch your neck and shoulders. You can also try exercises to strengthen the muscles in your neck and shoulders to help support your spine.

Finally, consider using a stand or a holder for your device to elevate the screen to eye level. This will reduce the amount of strain on your neck and make it easier to maintain good posture.

In summary, text neck is a growing problem caused by the prolonged use of technology. It can lead to pain, headaches, and even spinal degeneration. To prevent text neck, be aware of your posture, take regular breaks and use a holder or stand to elevate your device to eye level. Taking small steps to prevent text neck can have a big impact on your overall health and well-being.

If you are suffering from neck pain, it maybe due to Text Neck. Please call (562)534-2606 to make an appointment with Dr. Tariq Hilal, an expert on diagnosis and treatment of various Spine and Musculoskeletal Disorders.


Dr. Tariq I Hilal, DO, QME
Diplomate American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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