Text neck is the term for a new condition that is caused by the improper curvature of the neck from the use of handheld devices. Text neck causes neck pain, upper back pain and headaches but it can be corrected with chiropractic care and exercises.
What is text neck?
Dr. Peter Ferraro: Text neck is actually a new condition that has recently been on the rise really throughout the population, mainly caused by our more frequent use of cell phones, tablets, and laptops.
What causes text neck and how long does it take to develop?
Dr. Peter Ferraro: Text neck is something that develops over a period of time and it really can differ person to person, really based on their existing neck curvature, as well as their neck and upper back musculature.
What are some symptoms people experience if they have text neck?
Dr. Peter Ferraro: People tend to exhibit symptoms of neck pain, upper back and shoulder pain, as well as headaches. And in some of the more severe cases, patients can even experience tingling, numbness into the arms and hands.
Can text neck cause other problems in the spine and other areas of the body?
Dr. Peter Ferraro: Text neck can absolutely cause other problems as it can lead to arthritis, stenosis, as well as bulging or herniated discs. All of this is due to the changes in the curvature of the neck. It can actually mimic the signs and symptoms of a whiplash injury.
Is it possible to treat and correct text neck or is the damage already done?
Dr. Peter Ferraro: It is actually possible to treat and correct text neck with proper chiropractic treatments, as well as therapeutic exercises and really a change in the day to day posture, especially when using electronics.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Peter Ferraro at Ferraro Spine and Rehabilitation please visit www.ferrarospine.com or call 973-478-2212 to schedule an appointment.