550 Newark Ave 304
Jersey City, NJ, 07306

550 Newark Ave 304
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Text Neck

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Around 87% of teenagers (ages 14-18) in the United States own or use smartphones, while 92% of United States adults (ages 18-34) have also reported to owning a smartphone.

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Conceived by United States chiropractor, Dr. DL Fishman, the term “text neck” is a modern term used to describe repeated stress and pain in the neck as a result of excessive watching or texting on handheld devices over a prolonged period of time. Other names for the condition are also known as turtle neck posture or anterior head syndrome.

Flexing your head forward can add strain on your neck, which directly affects your spine. By tilting your head forward just 15 degrees, you place 27 pounds of force onto your neck. Likewise, this force increases to 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees, and 60 pounds at 60 degrees. The damage caused by untreated text neck can be equivalent to that of occupational overuse syndrome or repetitive strain injury.

Other common symptoms of text neck include:

  • Flattening of thoracic kyphosis
  • Early onset arthritis
  • Spinal degeneration
  • Disc compression
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of lung capacity

To learn more about treatment options or how the Advanced Rehabilitation of Jersey City can assist with text neck, please contact us today!

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