Smartphones could lead to Problems in Neck and Spine

Smartphones could lead to Problems in Neck and Spine

It is no secret that smartphones are used by majority of people these days. The device is making several things easy for humans and offers different applications connected to internet. But with lots of advantage, it has some disadvantages too. A new study has found that increasing use of smartphones is leading to serious problems of neck and spine.

The study published in the journal Surgical Technology International examined the time that an average person spends bent over their phones and its effects on a user's neck and spine. According to the study, an average person spends about two to four hours a day bent over the phone to do several tasks like reading, texting, watching videos. Young people and teens spend more time in the same position. The study also warned that the increasing use of smartphones could seriously affect a person's health.

New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine's chief of Spine Surgery, Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, did the study and found that when a person tilts head on a phone, it puts pressure on muscles of his neck. The position could lead to poor posture or permanent damage to spine.

Hansraj said, "As the head tilts forward the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees".

As per the study, bending down over the phone is like putting a weight of a 60-pound on the neck. The weight is equal to four adult-sized bowling balls and the weight of an 8-year-old kid.

According to Hansraj, it would be a bad advice to say people avoid using phones as they are the need of modern world, but individuals should limit their time to use their cell phones. Hansraj also said the mobile phone users could make efforts to look at their devices with a neutral spine.

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