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The Dangers of Tech Neck

Did you know that almost 25% of American adults have neck pain? And with so many of us spending extended amounts of time in front of our favorite screens, this number is set to rise. In fact, a recent study from the Nielsen group found American adults spend over 11 hours per day interacting with viewing technology, like computers, phones, and TVs.  

Dr. Mohammed Youssef and the team at Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas in Addison, Texas, understand the need to treat neck pain effectively, so you can get back to your daily routine. If you’re suffering from neck pain, read on to learn more about tech neck and steps you can take to alleviate its symptoms. 

What is tech neck?

The neck is an amazing part of the body. In addition to protecting your spine, the neck is home to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves that support your head. And your head is heavy. In fact, the average adult head weighs 10-12 pounds!

Tech neck occurs as the result of countless hours spent hunched over a computer or staring down at your phone or tablet. As the head rests forward, additional strain is put on the neck. This causes the muscles in the neck and upper back to strain, and can also stretch the spinal cord and nerves out of position. The result? A pain in the neck. 

Why is tech neck dangerous?

Tech neck is uncomfortable, and over time it becomes dangerous. The extra pressure placed on the upper spine can cause a disc to slip out of place or herniate. When the discs bulge or move out of place, nearby nerves can become irritated or compressed, resulting in pain and even weakness or numbing in the shoulders or arms. This is due to cervical radiculopathy, or pinched nerves. In serious cases, surgical intervention may be required.

Tech neck can also negatively impact your posture. Good posture reduces excessive force on muscles and joints, and it brings with it many other health benefits, such as reduced cortisol levels, the hormone linked to stress. Poor posture leads to strain, pain, and aches, and over time can even limit your mobility.   

Tech neck can also aggravate other conditions, like cervical osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease, making symptoms harder to manage. 

What can be done to help with tech neck?

Prevention is the best way to help avoid the dangers of tech neck. The best ways to avoid tech neck include:

If you’re suffering from neck pain, try anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen, to ease the pain, and use ice and heat packs to reduce swelling and inflammation. You can also try gentle stretching and exercise to increase range of motion and prevent stiffness, or therapeutic massage to alleviate pain. 

Sometimes, self-help tactics aren’t enough. If you’re suffering from pain due to tech neck, contact Dr. Mohammed Youssef, a specialist in the treatment of neck and spine pain, including electric cell signaling technology, a non-surgical and painless option for pain management.

Schedule a one-on-one consultation at Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas online or by phone today to learn more about available treatments for combating your neck pain. 

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