LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Some health officials are calling it “text neck” and it could lead to problems with your muscles, joints and discs.
Health officials say too much time on your cell phone could lead to health problems down the road. Having your neck tilted down for long periods of time puts a strain on joints and discs, which could lead to chronic muscle pain in your neck, shoulders and back.
IU Health Arnett Orthopedic Surgeon Rayhan Jalal says over time this could eventually cause degeneration in the joints.
“It’s a very common thing.” said Jalal. “The one thing to keep in mind is that most of these patients don’t actually require an operation. This is more of a problem that can be treated with physical therapy, referral to a chiropractor, or an occupational therapist. Those are actually very key as well.”
An easy way to prevent text neck is to use your phone at eye level.
Jalal said strengthening the back and neck muscles will also help improve your posture.