A Modern Spine Ailment: Text Neck

Text Neck – A Rising Epidemic

Text Neck is becoming an outbreak that could lead to permanent muscle dysfunction, according to recent studies. The position in human muscles bend as they look at phones increases the tension on the neck and can cause excessive stress. The issue has become prevalent under the age of 30 and even in kids with ages between 8-12 years that doctors are willing to declare it an epidemic which is rapidly increasing in upcoming generations.

A recent survey conducted showed 79 percent of the sample population size between the ages of 18-44 suffered from text neck, browsing on cell phone continuously for 2 hours in same directions. This leads to various spinal problems.

Symptoms of these problems include nagging back pain, frequent spasms, and shoulder pressure and tightness.

Smartphone-Related Neck Pain on the Increase!

While using cellphone, users typically bend their necks slightly forward. They also sometimes bend or twist their neck sideways, these postures put uneven pressure on the spine’s soft tissues, which can lead to discomfort and pain at the back side of neck.

The findings discovered problems arise with improper postures of the chest, trunk and leg which contribute to musculoskeletal disorders. At the moment, almost 4.3 billion smartphone users are placing their necks at risk each time they send a message or bending their neck for cell phone browsing.

Musculoskeletal disorders neck pain, neck and upper extremity musculoskeletal problems are common in modern culture and both indicate an increasing trend. Many previous reviews suggested a direct relationship between computer work and neck and arm musculoskeletal problems. The epidemiological studies concerning computer use and musculoskeletal health factors are mainly leads to musculoskeletal symptoms.

Most mobile phone users are suffering from ‘Text Neck’

The number of cell phone users are rapidly increasing day by day, and so the text neck issue, various researchers are conducted to cure the text neck issue in young generations and adults.
The estimated amount cell phone users worldwide is 4.3 billion approximately. Hence the prevalence of this disease is found in every individual, currently no social services or corporate social responsibility activities are activated to spread awareness campaign regarding this disease, hence the issue is critical and can effect upcoming generations as well.

What could be the Future? Dysfunctional DNA

Telomeres are sequences of repeated DNA that bind the ends of every chromosome. For genomic stability and cellular viability, their proper maintenance is important. Dysfunctional telomeres may be caused by natural depletion of telomeric DNA or by loss of important components. TIF identification in telomeres provides an opportunity to measure the level of telomeric dysfunction. Hence adapt the bending neck posture for long time can lead to dysfunctional DNA, and effect upcoming generations.

Various researches been carried out, and still under consideration to prove either bending neck posture can effect DNA, or some other factors are also involved in it.