Here’s The Next Health Issue: Text Neck
Doctor's are reporting they're seeing more and more people with neck and upper back pain.
Makes sense. After all, it's fall and with fall comes football. Neck pain, back pain, leg pain, knee pain. That all adds up to football.
Except it doesn't.
Nope. It's due to your smartphone.
According to KSHB television in Kansas City physicians at Children's Mercy hospital are seeing more people...primarily young people...complaining of neck and upper back pain. In fact, so many that there's now a name for it.
Text Neck. Go ahead, say it again: Text Neck.
One of the doctors says that while kids say there is NO way that looking at my phone is causing this, for the parents it takes zero convincing.
Text Neck is the repetitive strain being put on the neck and upper back. No, not a heavy and huge strain, but a repetitive strain. You know, over and over and over again.
And then over and over and over again...again.
According to a study published in Surgical Neurology International, the average human head weighs 10 to 11 pounds. You take that pumpkin and flew it forward 30 degrees to check out the phone, the strain on your neck is actually about 40 pounds. At 60 degrees you put 60 pounds on your neck. And then when you do it, oh, say fifty or a hundred times a day...well, you get the idea.
So we have a new term in the 'ol medical dictionary.
I can't wait for YouTube knee and Instagram elbow.